Two regional U.S. allies that are affected by Iran’s upcoming elections, and its suspected drive towards nuclear weapons, are Turkey and Saudi Arabia. On paper, both are allies of the United States, and depending on the terrorist caught in their respective spheres of influence, ardent advocates of the “war on terrorism.”
A nuclear Iran would alter the Middle Eastern balance of power as well as create a risk for policymakers and military leaders in the United States and Israel. Key regional states, such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey, have become more neutral over time in regards to Iran. Some balances, however, are all too often more temporal than permanent.
Turkey’s Reaction to a Nuclear Iran
Saudi Arabia’s Reaction to a Nuclear Iran
Reacting to an Aggressive and Nuclear-Armed Iran