Saudi Arabia has become an ‘irrational actor within the Middle East,’ says analyst

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince along with Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman (2nd L) takes his seat to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis along with his delegation on April 19, 2017 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince along with Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman (2nd L) takes his seat to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis along with his delegation on April 19, 2017 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has become much more aggressive within the Middle East as the United States has pulled back via its traditional role within the region, according to Philippe Dauba-Pantanacce, global geopolitical strategist at Standard Chartered bank.

“We’re seeing a series of miscalculations … We tend to think that will Saudi Arabia has become an irrational actor within the Middle East,” Dauba-Pantanacce told CNBC Thursday.

His comments come as the Sunni Islamic kingdom’s foreign policy actions are increasingly forcing instability upon smaller nations, where analysts believe Saudi Arabia will be seeking to amplify sectarian divisions. These moves have unfolded against the backdrop of escalating competition between Saudi Arabia along with its Shia arch-rival Iran.

“I say This particular because every single foreign venture they (Saudi Arabia) try has reached the opposite result that will they wanted. In Yemen, in Qatar, along with today in Lebanon,” he said.

within the latest twist to come out of Middle East geopolitics, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday suspended his previous resignation, apparently in order to open “a brand-new gateway for responsible dialogue,” he said in a statement. Whether This particular came with Saudi approval will be not yet known.

The prime minister returned to Beirut Tuesday night following an unexpected two-week stay in Saudi Arabia, where he delivered a shock resignation via the capital Riyadh on November 4. This particular prompted widespread speculation that will the prime minister was “held hostage,” as well as consensus among analysts that will Saudi Arabia forced Hariri to resign.

“What Saudi Arabia will be miscalculating will be that will in (holding) the PM of Lebanon probably against his will within the country, the idea has managed the feat of unifying all of Lebanon against Saudi, including the constituency of Lebanon that will will be traditionally sympathetic to Saudi,” the strategist explained.

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