5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
The historical rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran has extended across the region where they are located in South West Asia. But a lesser studied area, especially in more recent years, is the impact of their rivalry is the region of South Asia. How do Saudi Arabia and Iran each view this region, and in specific, its key stakeholders, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan? What are the key drivers that have affected their policy decisions towards this region? Alternatively, how do regional foreign policy dynamics in South Asia impact the Saudi-Iranian ties now and in the future? What are the convergent and divergent areas that bring South Asia and South West Asia closer or apart against the backdrop of the contentious ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran?
Finally, what is the real significance of the recent outreach to Pakistan by Saudi Arabia and Iran to mediate their differences, and how can the success of this outreach be ensured if it lasts? The talk will address these keys questions in historical context, to offer insights into recent trends that shape relations between the South Asian states and Saudi Arabia and Iran, and an assessment of where those relations will lead.