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Majlis Podcast: Is Iran-Saudi Tension Reaching Central Asia?


Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (file photo)

This latest session of the Majlis explored the ties Iran and Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have with the five Central Asian states.

The expanding competition, for example, between Iran and Saudi Arabia has reached Central Asia, opening up new opportunities and seemingly closing off other possibilities.

RFE/RL's media relations manager, Muhammad Tahir, led a discussion about Central Asia’s connections to Iran, Arab countries, and Turkey and what those countries are seeking in Central Asia.

Middle East analyst Theodore Karasik joined the talk, as did Alex Vatanka from the Middle East Institute, both of them from Washington D.C. And I took part in the conversation from Prague.

Listen to the discussion here:

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About This Blog

Qishloq Ovozi is a blog by RFE/RL Central Asia specialist Bruce Pannier that aims to look at the events that are shaping Central Asia and its respective countries, connect some of the dots to shed light on why those processes are occurring, and identify the agents of change. Content will draw on the extensive knowledge and contacts of RFE/RL's Central Asian services but also allow scholars in the West, particularly younger scholars who will be tomorrow’s experts on the region, opportunities to share their views on the evolving situation at this Eurasian crossroad. The name means "Village Voice" in Uzbek. But don't be fooled, Qishloq Ovozi is about all of Central Asia.

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