by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
With the official end of
This new Cold War represents the current ideological division in the Middle East between the "revolutionary bloc," led chiefly by
The Middle Eastern Cold War has manifested itself in recent years in several ways, including the ongoing tension in
However, the most recent sign of this Cold War could well lie in
Indeed, on repeated occasions, Saudi officials have been open in expressing their dislike for Maliki. For instance, in May, former Saudi intelligence chief Turki Al-Faisal accused Maliki of attempting to "deny the Iraqi people their legitimately elected government," meaning that Allawi should be given the right to form a government. In addition, the Saudi government has made a series of goodwill gestures, including receiving several Iraqi politicians such as Allawi and the president of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Massoud Barzani on visits to
At the same time,
Despite these measures undertaken by
Thus, it is possible that
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi is an intern at Middle East Forum.
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