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People inspect the wreckage of buildings that were damaged by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

AP Photo/Hani Mohammed

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Significance of the Iran-Saudi Arabia Agreement Brokered by China

Belfer Center experts on the U.S.-China relationship and Middle East issues shared thoughts on the significance of the unexpected Iran-Saudi Arabia agreement brokered by China. 

President Ebrahim Raisi, left, shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping

Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Saudi-Iranian Détente Is a Wake-Up Call for America

| Mar. 14, 2023

Stephen Walt argues that China could mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia because it has cordial, business-like ties with a majority of countries in the region: China has diplomatic relations and does business with all sides.  The United States, by contrast, has "special relationships" with some countries in the Middle East and no relationship at all with others, most notably Iran, which handicaps its Middle East policy.