Regional Impacts of Bahrain’s Politics

Regional Impacts of Bahrain’s Politics

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Bahrain is a small country, whose political landscape has large implications for the Middle East. The next parliamentary elections will be held on November 24, 2018. Against the backdrop of these elections is the divide between the wealthy Sunni monarchy and the majority Shia population, which feels increasingly disenfranchised. Factors such as the power dynamics between Saudi Arabia and Iran and foreign intervention by Saudi Arabia have exacerbated tensions in the region, but it is not implausible to believe in the possibility of reconciliation. Shias must be allowed to shape their communities alongside their Sunni neighbors.