Video: The Middle East’s new battlelines

Video: The Middle East’s new battlelines


ECFR’s New Battlelines Project maps Iran’s coalition of allies, regional influence and the counter-coalition that has formed to oppose them.

Two opposing coalitions in the Middle East now define a rivalry that threatens to tear the region apart. On the one side, Iran and its network of state and non-state actors. On the other, a counter front of traditional Western allies, centered on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel. 

As regional battlefields now become more numerous and interlinked, there is a growing risk that a localised spark will set off a direct inter-state conflagration that engulfs the wider region. ECFR’s New Battlelines Project unpacks this dangerous fault line. It maps Iran’s coalition of allies, regional influence and the counter-coalition that has formed to oppose them.

The European Council on Foreign Relations does not take collective positions. This commentary, like all publications of the European Council on Foreign Relations, represents only the views of its authors.

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