Regional Confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia after the US Invasion of Iraq 2003 – Research Proposal Example

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The paper “ Regional Confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia after the US Invasion of Iraq 2003” is a  spectacular example of a research proposal on the military.   This research aims to: Critically analyze relations between KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Iran in order to explain the ways in which this relationship impacts on the broader Middle East region. In order to achieve this the research will cover a range of issues: Historical relations between Iran and KSA in order to identify critical points in the development of current relationship status. Critically examine the “ proxy wars” between Iran and Saudi Arabia by identifying the causes of the “ wars” and their effect on Iran-Saudi Arabia relations. The United States interests in the Gulf region and how such interests have played a role in supremacy battles between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Analyze the security repercussions of icy relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, including the possibility of a nuclear Cold War between the two countries   Outline Iran-Saudi “ proxy wars” Security perspective of Iran-Saudi rivalries The nuclear cold war between Iran and Saudi Arabia BackgroundThe rivalry between Iran and KSA is a struggle for regional influence, with both Iran and KSA seeking to become leaders in the Islamic world.

The competition is also necessitated by the aspirations of Iran to expand its territory and takes the form of rivalries with regard to geopolitical and ideological influence. The competition on ideological grounds can be witnessed in how the states support various groups in the region, wherein Iran and KSA usually take opposing positions in conflicts, as witnessed in Bahrain, Syria, and Iraq. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran have avoided open hostility and disagreements. They have instead focused on influencing decisions, shaping developments and steering events to ensure that their political interests and preferences are taken care of.

This research seeks to explore the relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Iran while putting special emphasis on the rivalries between the two states and the implications of the rivalries on the geopolitical and security situation in the Middle East. The research will analyze various academic and policy literature with a view of critiquing them and coming up with solid opinions on the current situation and feasible recommendations on actions that can be taken to improve the situation.

The research will deliberately avoid the religious aspect of the rivalry between KSA and Iran, which plays a minor role and capitalize on the political and diplomatic perspectives of the rivalry.   The extent of KSA and Iran rivalries was confirmed during the Arab Spring. Approaches by Iran and KSA on the uprisings are not clear-cut as counterrevolutionary of revolutionary, rather they are motivated by real-politick considerations. Therefore, not only do both states support their allies in the Gulf, but they usually find themselves supporting the opposition in uprisings where such opposition is a threat to their adversaries.

In Bahrain, for instance, Iran supported the opposition with a view to deal a blow on Saudi Arabia. In Syria, Iran has always been against change, while KSA called for political change. Conversely, KSA helped Bahrain in its bid to quash revolt by sending troops. The author will examine the dynamic standpoints of the RSA and Iran with regard to recent revolutions with a view of showing that their positions in various conflicts during the recent uprisings were not informed by ideology but competition and rivalry.  

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