Sectarianism Renews Divisions in the Middle East

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By executing a Shiite cleric last weekend, the Sunni nation of Saudi Arabia created a martyr. It also inflamed its dangerous rivalry with Shiite Iran. Hardliners in both countries are now using sectarian differences to pursue political goals. Stability in the Middle East is at risk, along with implementing the Iran nuclear deal, finding an end to Syria's civil war and defeating the Islamic State. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia violate human rights and make war on their neighbors. Should the US choose one over the other or look for middle ground?

Credits

Guests:
Scott Peterson - Christian Science Monitor - @peterson__scott, Robin Wright - joint fellow at the US Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson Center, and contributing writer for the New Yorker - @wrightr, Max Boot - Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and columnist for the Washington Post - @MaxBoot, Ali Al-Ahmed - Institute for Gulf Affairs - @alialahmed_en

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer, Katie Cooper, Jenny Hamel