Prisoner’s Dilemma Theory in International Relations:A Theoretical and Practical Study on Saudi-Iranian Relations

Abdallah Samed Alzawahreh


This study aimed to analyze the prisoner’s dilemma theory, which is one of the game theories in international relations. In addition, focus on the impact of the theory on the international political events, as well as the prediction of future events in international relations based on intellectual and theoretical foundations. The study also explained game theory in international relations and indicated its importance in the theory of international relations. The study applied the theory of the prisoner’s dilemma to one of the current issues in international relations and applied it to the relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran and their competition in the Middle East. The study concluded that the prisoner’s dilemma theory explains the mutual concerns between the two countries about many issues between them. Also, the study concluded that the prisoner’s dilemma theory has the ability to explain the Saudi-Iranian crisis.


Games theory; Prisoner’s dilemma theory; Saudi Arabia; Iran

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