Last Updated: Feb. 9, 2024

Debate: Will Raisi's presidency impact Gulf ties with Iran?

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Nov. 11, 2023. (Photo via Iranian presidency)


The election of Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s hardline chief justice, as president is set to bring about major changes to the Iranian political landscape. But what is less clear is to what extent these domestic changes will impact the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy conduct and priorities. invited three experts to share their views on how the Gulf Arab states perceive the election of Raisi—and whether it will impact Gulf ties with Iran.

Dr. Hamad Albloshi is an assistant professor of political science at Kuwait University.

Dr. Karen Young is Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on Economics and Energy at the Washington-based Middle East Institute

Dr. Mahjoob Zweiri is an associate Professor in Gulf Studies and Iran, and the Director of the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University.

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