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

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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.