Executions, drug busts, and deportations - here is everything about the current Iran-Saudi proxy conflict you were too embarrassed to ask. Call it the Middle East’s 'Cold War'. The tension between these two regional powers is more complicated than mere rivalry over religious influence, and can be traced back to Iran’s Islamic Revolution which called for the overthrow of monarchies, anathema to Gulf Arab states.
It also links to more recent events, like Saudi quelling the uprising in Shia-majority Bahrain, and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen, with each backing opposing sides. But watch the economic and diplomatic moves, as countries in the region subtly shift alliances and struggle to maintain or usurp old forms of power. Come behind-the-scenes of Iran and Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic row.