Baker Institute experts analyze Iran-Saudi crisis


Baker Institute experts weigh in on growing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia following Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr:

– Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East, explains the possible domino effect of Saudi Arabia's actions. Read "Iran Crisis Puts Pressure on New Generation of Saudi Leaders," published by The Wall Street Journal on Jan. 5.

– Baker Institute director Ambassador Edward Djerejian comments on the prospects for a political settlement in Syria in light of recent events. Read "Saudi showdown with Iran puts strain on decades-old U.S. ties," published by on Jan. 4.

– In a column for BBC News, Ulrichsen discusses how the crisis has impacted Iran-Saudi relations and could threaten diplomatic conflicts in other Gulf countries. Read "Iran-Saudi crisis 'most dangerous for decades,'" published on Jan. 4.

– Ulrichsen also comments on the situation in an interview with the Financial Times. Read "Executions fuel Saudi-Iran rivalry," published on Jan. 3 (subscription required).