Gulf-Iranian Relations: Facts & Future Perspectives
The victory of reformist President Hassan Rouhani in the Iranian presidential elections held in June 2013 raised numerous questions about the future of Iran’s policy toward the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council(GCC). An analysis of Gulf and Arab newspapers that covered the election results showed that opinions were sharply divided. There were those who welcomed the results, arguing that it would mean the end of the conservative era which prevailed during the two terms of former President Ahmadinejad. An era characterized by the intransigence of Iranian discourse toward the GCC, in particular over the contentious issues between the two sides as well as increasing cases of Iranian interference in the affairs of the GCC countries, particularly in Bahrain.
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