The Gulf states increased assertiveness in the Horn of Africa has garnered substantial attention of late, particularly the proliferation of military installations and ports and the increase in military and economic aid. Less attention has been paid, however, to the role Middle Eastern countries have played in attempting to resolve some of the Horn’s most intractable conflicts, efforts that in some cases pre-date the more recent security and economic engagements.
Assessment of the Impacts of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 on U.S. Efforts to Confront Iran SWJED Mon, 04/01/2019 - 12:20am
This article is published as part of the Small Wars Journal and Divergent Options Writing Contest which runs from March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019.
A Brewing Proto-Insurgency: Is Bahrain the Next Target of Iran’s Regional Ambitions? SWJED Sun, 07/22/2018 - 5:39pm
While Bahrain was expected to only remain a secondary theater for Iran within the near future (as opposed to primary theaters such as Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon), the low cost and burden of continuing such supportive action for Shi’a militant groups means the support would likely continue. Advances made by Iran and its proxies regionally could serve to increase Iranian support vis-à-vis Bahraini extremist groups, particularly as the IRGC’s influence within Iran rises.
There are many competing factors involved in this crisis which could create challenges to regional security should diplomatic tools fail to solve their differences.