Episode 5:

The Saudi-Iran Cold War

David Siddhartha Patel of Brandeis University explains the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, including how this rivalry is playing out in Lebanon, Yemen, and Qatar.

Guest Bios

David Siddhartha Patel

David Siddhartha Patel is a research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. Prior to joining the Crown Center, he served as an assistant professor in the government department at Cornell University. He holds a BA in political science and economics from Duke University and a PhD in political science from Stanford.

Episode Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Qatar Foundation International, which provided the seed funding and support to develop and launch this podcast and to produce this episode. Neither Qatar Foundation International nor the Qatar Foundation were involved in the decision to include a discussion of the nation of Qatar in this episode, or in the shaping of the content of that discussion.

Thanks to Dr. Patel for his time, knowledge, and enthusiasm in sharing his expertise on the crisis in Syria

Image Credits

Aircraft_Fighter_Jet_F-15_Eagle_Royal_Saudi_Air_Force,” by Matt Morgan, used under Creative Commons License Attribution Share-Alike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0). The image has not been transformed in any way.

Featured Music

  • Kim Arar,” by Wind of Anatolia, from the album Live at the 2014 Golden Festival, used with permission from Wind of Anatolia. The track has been excerpted and mixed with narrative.