Saudi Arabia

المملكة العربية السعودية

To Understand ISIS, Start with Wahhabism - Alastair Crooke, Huff Post

It is not hard to understand how the founding of the Islamic State by ISIS in contemporary Iraq might resonate amongst those who recall this history. Indeed, the ethos of 18th cent...

Saudi Arabia's Dilemma - David Ignatius, Washington Post

With Iraq and Syria ablaze, the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia seems almost an afterthought. But Riyadh will be a crucial, if quixotic, ally as the United States seeks to mobiliz...

Saudi Arabia's Repression - Washington Post

For months now, the Saudi human rights activist Waleed Abulkhair has been clinging to the truth against the odds. Last month, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison (with five year...

Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism - Ed Husain, New York Times

Let’s be clear: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram, the Shabab and others are all violent Sunni Salafi groupings. For five decades, Saudi Arabia has be...

The Hard Hand of the Middle East - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Reality can be harsh. In order for the United States to weaken and eventually defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it could use help from both the Iranian regime and that of...

The Middle East Cold War and U.S. - Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?...

Most Recent Articles

Slavery's Modern Face in the Middle East - Robert Fulford, National Post

Kafala is a system that governs construction and domestic migrant labourers in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf States. When workers arrive, they must immediately surrend...

Israel & Saudi Arabia: Possible Partnership? - Guzansky & Neubauer, TNI

To Saudi Arabia, the cost of open relations with Israel at this moment in time may be higher than the benefit, given the position of the Arab street, which rejects recognition of I...

A Cataclysmic Purge in the Middle East - Hassan Mneimneh, GMF

The governments of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria must each assume some direct responsibility for the current unfolding horror. The Saudi government is locked into a quasi-sui...

How the Saudis Helped ISIS in Iraq - Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

The difference between al-Qa'ida and Isis can be overstated: when Bin Laden was killed by United States forces in 2011, al-Baghdadi released a statement eulogising him, and Isis pl...

Saudi Arabia's Family Feud - Simon Henderson, Foreign Policy

Inside the House of Saud's family feud....

Mideast Power Struggles Exploit Ancient Rift - David Kirkpatrick, NYT

This island nation off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia was the first place where Arab Spring demands for equal citizenship and democratic governance degenerated into a sectarian ...

Why Iran & Saudi Arabia May Have to Get Along - Mark Leonard, Reuters

In a post-American Middle East, this kind of concert of powers is the only way to stop the bloodshed. But my instinct — after talks with Iranians and Saudis over the last few mon...

U.S.-Saudi Ties Getting Worse - Fahad Nazer, Yale Global

WASHINGTON: Those who expected the summit between US President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah to produce a "reset" button after unusually strained relations between the two nations ...

Predictable Petropolitics Behind Iraq Crisis - Robert Fisk, The Independent

Saudi Arabia’s claim to be the greatest oil producer in the world is no longer threatened by Shia Iraq’s output, nor the undiscovered reserves which might turn Iraq int...

Why the Global Economy Still Needs Saudi Arabia - Steve LeVine, Quartz

The US shale oil boom is said to be reducing the world’s long-running dependence on Saudi Arabia. But the upheaval in Iraq appears to be reviving the kingdom’s centrality to th...

The Rise of Saudi America - Chris Sorensen, Maclean's

As U.S. oil output booms, some say the 40-year-old export ban is outdated...

Time for a U.S. Triage in the Mideast - Adam Garfinkle, American Interest

As many have already noted, if the U.S. government uses force against ISIS on behalf of the Maliki government in Iraq, it will in effect be allying itself with Iran—not such a ho...

Killer Virus Demands More Saudi Openness - Washington Post

There is no known antiviral or vaccine for the MERS virus. So far it does not appear to transmit rapidly among humans in a way that could create a pandemic, although some transmiss...

What's Up with Saudi Outreach to Iran? - Brandon Friedman, WPR

The much-publicized kiss the new Saudi ambassador to Iran, Abdulrahman bin Garman Al Shahri, bestowed on former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani on April 22, and the recent Sau...

The Muslims' War on Fun Is Killing Them - Micheal Ledeen, PJ Media

Never mind a failed state;  we’re talking about a failed civilization, even in the most culturally advanced Muslim domain, the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The root of their fa...

Saudi Arabia Recalibrates - Hassan Hassan & Michael Weiss, American Int.

Saudi Arabia has adjusted its Middle East strategy to a remarkable degree in the last six months. But lurking beneath the surface are tensions that could result in another big rift...

Saudi Arabia's Goodbye Wave to America - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

When one of the most powerful militaries in the Middle East holds the largest military exercise in its history, the region and allies would be wise to look beyond the explosions an...

Deadly MERS Virus Spreading at Terrifying Rate - Ishaan Tharoor, WaPo

On Thursday, the Saudi Arabian health ministry confirmed 13 more cases of patients contracting MERS-CoV, the acronym for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, as ...

Making Qatar an Offer It Can't Refuse - Hassan Hassan, Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia is setting new terms in the Gulf’s relationship with its wayward neighbor. But will Doha bridle at the deal?...

Saudis Didn't Fail in Syria, the West Did - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

The removal of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has intrigued those who seek to read the tea-leaves of Riyadh....

Why the Saudis Are Panicking - Trita Parsi, The National Interest

Riyadh’s opposition to the Iran nuclear talks has largely been understood in the context of the larger Saudi-Iranian and Sunni-Shia rivalry. Consequently, Saudi’s negat...

The U.S.-Saudi Relationship Is Fracked - Joergen Moeller, Yale Global

Shale oil and gas has been labeled a game changer. Statistics would suggest that, yes, the new technologies and discoveries associated with hydraulic fracking change the energy pic...

Saudis Push Pakistan Deeper into Fanaticism - P. Ravichandran, Pragati

The idea of Pakistan being a secular republic with citizenship rights accorded to all minorities was a brief one that never stood a chance against the more orthodox followers of Ji...

It's Up to Obama to Fix U.S.-Saudi Ties - The Daily Star

Obama now needs to do his part to save this relationship. On Palestine and on Syria especially, the U.S. is going to have to make some tough decisions. Saudi Arabia has changed in ...

Obama Calls the Shots in Saudi Arabia - David Blair, Daily Telegraph

Mr Obama has no need to feel inhibited when he encounters the Saudi king. He can try to quell the fires in the Middle East without heeding the humble nonagenarian who prefers to de...

Obama Blesses Mideast's New Authoritarian Order - Haroon Siddiqui, Star

Fresh from condemning Russia for punishing Ukraine for daring to be democratic, Barack Obama goes to Saudi Arabia Friday to bless the squelching of democracy in the Middle East. T...

Saudi Arabia Isn't America's Friend - Bloomberg View

U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah tomorrow, and the president's critics have been sounding a warning: By parting with the Saudis on...

A U.S.-Saudi Divorce Is No Option - Aaron David Miller, American Interest

Couples therapy is unlikely to work. But mutual dependence will prove its mettle. The relationship will remain troubled but still at least clingingly functional in a region where t...

The Saudi's Shame - Jerusalem Post

Why won't they acknowledge cooperating with Israel....

Why the Saudis Unfriended the U.S. - Peter Bergen, CNN

Why are the Saudis going public with their dissatisfaction with the Obama administration? The laundry list of Saudi complaints most recently is that the United States didn't make g...

Next Test for Obama: Soothing the Saudis - Dennis Ross, LA Times

Riyadh has a raft of complaints for the president when he visits this week....

The Country That Makes Saudis Look Good - Jeff Goldberg, Bloomberg View

Qatar is very rich, but its money has not helped it integrate into the international order in a clever or foresighted way. Unlike the U.A.E., the Gulf country that is the most open...

Saudis Take a Strong Move Against Terrorism - The National

By designating the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups as terrorist organisations, Saudi Arabia has sent the strongest warning so far to its citizens fighting or sympathis...

Saudi Arabia Whipping Up a Sunni-Shia War - Ahmed Rashid, FT

At the behest of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has made a strategic shift from its so far neutral position on Syria’s civil war – to one that portends to back the Syrian rebels and ev...

Saudi Arabia's America Problem - Rohan Joshi, Pragati

Saudi Arabia's litany of complaints against the United States of America appears to be growing. In October last year, Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud bin Faisal al-Saud cancelle...

Saudis to Press Obama on Syria Regime Change - Bruce Riedel, Al Monitor

Saudi King Abdullah has a special attachment to Syria and has tribal and marriage connections to the country. He has been appalled at the gruesome bloodshed and the horrific cost o...

An Obama Role in Islam's Divide - Christian Science Monitor

With his coming visit to Saudi Arabia and new talks opening with Iran, President Obama can set the stage for reconciling the two Muslim giants over their historic Islamic rivalry....

America Must Assuage Saudi Anxiety - Vali Nasr, New York Times

The Saudis are angry; they fear that a nuclear deal would free the United States to put the Middle East on the back burner as it switches its full attention to China and the rest o...

Obama Won't Escape Bush's Shadow in Arabia - Faisal Al Yafai, National

What Mr Obama wants from the Middle East and what the Middle East needs from the US are two very different things. What plays well in Peoria will not play well in Palestine, or in ...

The Clash Within a Civilization - Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

No one has ever been able to travel to the Gulf without discovering just how different the perspectives and values of the West and the Middle East can be. During the last two years...

U.S.-Saudi Ties Go From Bad to Worse - Frida Ghitis, World Politics Review

For almost 70 years, the foundation of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy rested on the kingdom’s relationship with the United States. America guaranteed Saudi security duri...

How CIA Helped Saudis in Secret China Missile Deal - Jeff Stein, Newsweek

Saudi Arabia has long been a back-room player in the Middle East's nuclear game of thrones, apparently content to bankroll the ambitions of Pakistan and Iraq (under Saddam Hussein)...

Iran, Arabia and the Mideast's 30 Year War - Douglas Murray, Spectator

The Middle East is not simply falling apart. It is taking a different shape, along very clear lines -- far older ones than those the western powers rudely imposed on the region nea...

America's Needy Mideast Allies - Greg Scoblete, RealClearWorld

The next time you hear someone complain that America's "allies" in the Middle East are upset about the lack of American leadership on this or that, remember that what they're reall...

About Saudi Arabia

  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Population: 28,686,633 (41st)
  • Area Size: 830,000 sq mi (14th)
  • GDP: $577.9 billion (23rd)
  • Currency: Riyal (SAR)
  • Official Language: Arabic
  • Capital City: Riyadh
  • Largest City: Riyadh

Saudi Arabia Prosperity Rank: 49

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