Book Launch | Iran and Saudi Arabia: Taming a Chaotic Conflict

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research and Pax et Bellum invite you to Ibrahim Fraihat’s Book Launch event!

Friday, 28 February 2020, noon to 1 pm, Dag Hammarskjöld Room, Gamla Torget 3, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Hostile relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia are partially responsible for the political instability plaguing the Middle East. The book argues that, in contrast to conventional wisdom that the rift is primordial and inevitable, driven by sectarian tension, rapprochement between Riyadh and Tehran is possible and it sets out a realistic agenda for managing their intractable conflict. Ibrahim Fraihat interviewed over 60 scholars, policymakers, think-tank experts and activists to gain a clear, all-round view of Iran-Saudi rivalry since the invasion of Iraq by US troops in 2003. His research shows that effective peacebuilding would be achievable if the participating countries integrated their diplomatic efforts on three levels: government, Track Two and grassroots.

Ibrahim Fraihat is an Associate Professor in International Conflict Resolution at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. He has previously served as Senior Foreign Policy Scholar at the Brookings Institution and taught conflict resolution at Georgetown University. His analysis of Middle Eastern politics has featured in various international outlets, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Newsweek and Al Jazeera.

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In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet.

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