Stephen Holmes: We Need to Deescalate the Conflict Between Riyadh and Tehran

30.03.2017

According to Steven Holmes, Professor at the New York University School of Law, the main problem in the Middle East is the competition between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which is feeding radicalism on both sides. First, it is necessary to find a good mechanism to de-escalate conflict between Riyadh and Tehran with the help of the international players, including Russia, USA, China and Turkey. Trump's popularity in the Gulf States can help to find a way out.

Discussing Ukraine and the post-Soviet space, it is a very sensitive issue for Russian-American relations. The Republican senators, who are mainly anti-Russian and pro-Ukrainian, will collaborate with Democrats to hurt Trump. The Kremlin is interested in some way to calm down the situation. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian crisis is connected with the US domestic political games around Trump.