US, China, and the Resurgence of Middle East Politics

by Mirko Giordani

17 May 2023

In this paper we discuss:

  1. the recent history of Western influence in the Middle East;
  2. the evolution of the relationship between the US, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia;
  3. the increased presence of China in Middle East's affairs, both economically and geopolitically;
  4. how China brokered the deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia; and
  5. why the US presence in the Middle East will remain strong in spite of China's greater influence over the region.

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