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Rebecca Cook | Reuters
How Middle East Governments are Exploiting an Ancient Religious Divide January 06, 2016
The Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Shia theocracy of Iran have evolved into the de-facto religious superpowers of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia's recent execution of a prominent Shia cleric sparked a new round of tension between the two rival countries. We talk with a Middle East expert to help us understand the roots of this conflict and what the latest fallout means for the region.

Joshua Landis
Director of the Center of Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.