David Motadel

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The last several months have brought a dramatic escalation in conflict across the Middle East, almost all of it involving tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims — which are in turn fueled by a power struggle between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia for regional supremacy.

Tehran runs a vast patronage network, backing Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Syria’s Alawite regime, Yemen’s rebellious Zaydi Houthis and Shiite militias in Iraq. Under the umbrella of Shiite solidarity, Iran provides military aid and funds industrial projects, madrasas, mosques and hospitals. And its leaders have become more vocal about their aims, with President Hassan Rouhani proclaiming himself protector of Iraq’s holy cities.…  Seguir leyendo »