Saudi Arabia’s role in Middle East instability

Saudi Arabia-backed Yemeni government fighters stand on tanks before going on the offensive against Houthi militias.
Feb. 25, 2016: Saudi-backed Yemeni government fighters pose on tanks before an offensive against Houthi militias in the Beihan region (source: dpa)
  • Riyadh had aggressively engaged in new economic, military and diplomatic battles
  • It has alienated many while gaining precious few new allies
  • The West has exacerbated the situation, failing to take a principled stand
  • This result has been increased instability in the region, which is set to continue
Over the past two years, Saudi Arabia has reentered the premier league of global geopolitics. But the kingdom is in conflict on the economic, military and diplomatic fronts. The rebalancing is an ongoing source of anxiety and has created a tense climate throughout the region. Volatility in the Middle East will drastically increase as the powers there compete for dominance.

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