Virtual Great Decisions: The Red Sea and the Saudi-Iranian Cold War

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Guest Speaker: Andrew Latham

There is a new "great game" underway. It is a titanic struggle for supremacy in the region stretching from the western shores of the Red Sea to the eastern shores of the Persian Gulf, from Arabian Sea in the south to the Mediterranean Sea in the north. The major regional players are Saudi Arabia and Iran, each of which is at the center of a network of state and non-state allies. Also at the table are independent regional players such as Turkey and Israel. Finally, there are powerful extra-regional players such as the United States and, increasingly, China. At stake is nothing less than the future of one of the most important economic regions in the world. In this Great Decisions talk, Professor Andrew Latham of Macalester College will discuss the way in which Red Sea security fits into this new, high-stakes, game of geopolitical competition.

Andrew Latham is a professor of Political Science at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He regularly teaches courses in Regional Conflict in the Indo-Pacific Region, War and Peace in the Middle East, Chinese Foreign Policy, and International Security. In addition to academic journals, he has also published in public affairs magazines such as The Diplomat and The Hill, and Christian magazines such as First Things, Crisis, Public Discourse, Providence, Commonweal, and Touchstone.

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