The decades-old feud between them is considered a fierce struggle for regional dominance. Saudi Arabia and Iran are fighting for control in the Middle East, which has transformed much of the region into a battleground. Iran and Saudi Arabia took advantage of regional dynamics, conducting a new sort of proxy war within the domestic politics of weaker institutional systems rather than on traditional military battlefields. Iran is predominantly Shia Muslim, whereas Saudi Arabia considers itself to be the leading Sunni Muslim power. Moderated by:Selen Eşençay | International Relations Expert. Journalist Opening Remarks by:Tom Freebairn | Project Manager, Washington Institute For Defence & Security (WIDS) Speakers:George Meneshian. Middle East and Caucasus Expert.Joseph Hammond. Communications Expert. Journalist.