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How Saudi-Iranian oil rivalry has been shaped by American power

Shaybah oilfield in Rub Al-Khali, Saudi Arabia. Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Sukru Cildir, Lancaster University The relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran, both oil-rich states in the Middle East, has oscillated from co-operation to conflict throughout history. Alongside a range of factors that shape their rivalry including sectarianism and nationalism has been the politics of oil. Oil is a strategic international commodity, and its use as a political tool is widespread. …

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