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Lecture: The Great Middle Eastern Rivalry: Iran and Saudi Arabia

10 April 2017 @ 20:00 - 22:00

Free – €5
Lecture: The Great Middle Eastern Rivalry: Iran and Saudi Arabia

Since the end of the Second World War it has seemed at times as if politics throughout the Middle East was shaped the conflict in Israel/Palestine. In the previous years we have seen a shift in this. In Iraq, Syria, Yemen and throughout the Gulf, international relations seems to be dominated in the rivalry between the Sunni and the Shia, the Sunni broadly led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Shia led by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

With this lecture we would like to take a closer look at the origin of this still ongoing conflict between these two countries. We will take a look at the numerous internal and external factors that perpetuate the conflict and on top of that there will also be a discussion about the various (inter)national consequences of this rivalry. SIB-Amsterdam will take a look at this conflict together with several distinguished speakers.


Paul Aarts teaches at the University of Amsterdam where he specializes in the Middle East and North Africa, Saudi-Arabia and Iran in particular. His most recent pop-science book is Saudi Arabia – A Kingdom in Peril (in Dutch Saoedi-Arabie͏̈ – de revolutie die nog moet komen) together with Carolien Roelants.

Peyman Jafari is an expert of Iran, the country which he once fled together with his parents. He is a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and he has written the book ‘Het andere Iran – van de revolutie tot vandaag’(The Other Iran, from the revolution to today).

The lecture will be held on Monday the 10th of April from 20:00 to 22:00 in CREA Amsterdam and will be in English.

This lecture is free for students, and 5 euros for non-students.


10 April 2017
20:00 - 22:00
Free – €5
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