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Saudi Arabia and Russia: settling old scores in Syria

Al-Rasheed, Madawi (2012) Saudi Arabia and Russia: settling old scores in Syria. Bitter Lemons.

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Defeating Russia in the Arab world was a priority for Saudi Arabia even before it became a fully-fledged commitment in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The current Syrian crisis is perhaps one last opportunity to undermine Russia's eroded sphere of influence in the region. The Saudis may think that defeating Russia this time in Syria could add fresh vigor to their old mythology about defeating atheism in the world and supporting Sunni Muslims globally. While Russia has changed in the last two decades, the Saudi regime is still very much dependent on projecting itself as the defender of Sunni Islam. Such claims are enough to worry the Russians in their own backyard.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Bitter Lemons
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 09:14
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 14:35

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