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Amir Handjani and Alireza Nader

Saudi Shakeup Gives the U.S. an Opening With Iran

This can go two ways: toward either war or a new understanding of the balance of Middle Eastern power.
Hybrid warfare?

Hybrid warfare?

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The latest political earthquake in Saudi Arabia has led to much speculation over the future of the kingdom and the Gulf Arab states. But most analyses have ignored the far bigger issue looming over the region's upheavals: Prospects for a military confrontation between the U.S. and Iran are rapidly escalating.  

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