Saudi Arabia

المملكة العربية السعودية

Abdullah Tried to Bring Stability to the Region - Christopher Dickey, DB

President George W. Bush held his hand and walked with him through a field of flowers at the ranch in Crawford, Texas. President Barack Obama, when he first met him, performed a co...

Quite the Week to Become King - Joshua Keating, Slate

Salman Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, who became the seventh king of Saudi Arabia on Thursday after the death of his brother Abdullah, is starting his new job on one hell of a week. The ne...

What Abdullah's Death Could Mean for Oil Prices - Brad Plumer, Vox

Saudi Arabia is the world's second-largest producer of crude oil. So the news that the country's King Abdullah has died certainly has the potential to shake up global oil markets....

Most Recent Articles

Dear President, Iran Will Only Break your Heart - Aaron David Miller, FP

It’s probably too early to be thinking about Valentine’s Day. But here’s a half-serious romantic musing for you: Is U.S. President Barack Obama sweet on Tehran? L...

Saying Farewell to a Reformist Saudi King - Shoichet & Smith-Spark, CNN

Since ascending to the throne, Abdullah took steps toward broader freedoms and invested some of the country's vast oil wealth in large-scale education and infrastructure projects....

Assad Will Be Part of Syria's Future - Alan Philps, The National

Two years ago, Ryan Crocker, former US ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, declared that Bashar Al Assad would have to be part of Syria’s future or the country would be taken...

Why Saudi Arabia Let Oil Prices Fall - David Goldwyn, Atlantic Council

Analysts largely agree on the main reasons why the world’s benchmark oil price has dropped by half in the past six months, from $100 per barrel to $50. Supplies grew fas...

Paying the Bill for Sykes-Picot - Stephen Kinzer, Boston Globe

‘A LOT of the problems we are having to deal with now,” the British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said a decade ago, “are a consequence of our colonial past.” That was a cla...

Preparing for Life without Oil - Noah Smith, Bloomberg View

Saudi Arabia isn't the nicest ally to have. The desert kingdom just handed out a sentence of 1,000 lashes to a blogger for running a website devoted to freedom of speech. Not exa...

The Saudis Build a Border Wall to Keep ISIS Out - Noah Rothman, Hot Air

The joke’s on them. Don’t the Saudis know that massive border fences do nothing to enhance domestic security and are, in fact, counterproductive? Well, I guess they’ll find o...

Saudis Continue to Spread Hate - Trudy Rubin, Miami Herald

The Saudis export their harsh Wahhabi version of Sunni Islam, which disdains or denounces other religions or variants of Islam. The terrorists just take that ideology one step forw...

The Flogging of a Saudi Liberal - Guardian

The lesson of this monstrous sentence: you can beat a man, but you cannot beat his ideas....

What if ISIS Attacks Saudi Oil Facilities? - Nick Cunningham, Oil Price

The one thing that could abruptly force oil prices up could be an unexpected geopolitical flashpoint. Violence in Libya since December has knocked a significant portion of their oi...

Countries, Not Just Terrorists, Kill Over Blasphemy - Michael Tomasky, DB

As you go about your business today and think once or twice (as I hope you will) of Charb and his colleagues in Paris, spare another thought for Raif Badawi. He is, or was, a blogg...

Saudi Arabia's Challenges - Michael Nayebi-Oskoui, Stratfor

The region is emerging from the uncertainty of the past half-decade, and the foundations of its future are taking shape. This process will not be neat or orderly, but changes are c...

Saudis Have Good Reason to Want Oil Prices to Fall - Neil Barnett, CPS

Since March we have suggested, and then witnessed, a Saudi-US policy of pushing down oil prices to rein in Russia. Nevertheless, Saudi motives in doing this have mystified many obs...

Ranking the 7 Great Global Powers - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

To kick off 2015, we present our take on who the real “G-7″ countries are: the world’s seven great powers, ranked by their ability to shape both their immediate environments ...

A Saudi Succession, Full of Pitfalls - S. Henderson, Washington Institute

The death or incapacity of King Abdullah will exacerbate tensions within the royal family over who should replace him....

Borders Will Not Contain Yemen's Wars - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Another reason why most analysts underestimated ISIL is they did not understand its ambitions. They saw the destruction waged in Syria and thought it an end in itself. Looking f...

Cheap Oil: A Pox on the Bad Guys - Paul Sheehan, Sydney Morning Herald

Bad things eventually catch up with bad people and bad governments. This year, it is one of the positives of cheap oil....

America's Pernicious Middle East Allies - J. Glaser, National Interest

The Gulf states receive tangible benefits from their alliance with the U.S. The same can not be said for Washington....

Are the Saudis Really Okay with Cheap Oil? - J. Horgan, American Interest

The Saudis struck a defiant tone this week, insisting they’d be just fine with $20 per barrel oil....

Federalize the Middle East - David Gardner, Financial Times

The ultra-centralism of the Arab security state is a recruiting sergeant for Isis....

No One Knows Where the Oil Price Will Go - Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy

Market fundamentals point to a continued slide in oil prices. But the deck is stacked with jokers, and they're mostly wild....

Saudis Crashing Oil Markets to Undermine Iran - Andrew Scott Cooper, FP

On January 2, 1977, the Shah of Iran made a painful admission about his country’s economy. “We’re broke,” he confided bluntly to his closest aide, court min...

Here's How the US Can Counter OPEC's Price War - C. Faulkner, LA Times

The United States has already overtaken Saudi Arabia, OPEC's dominant member, as the world's largest producer of petroleum liquids — which includes natural gas — accord...

Gen. Allen Is the Right Man for Fight Against IS - David Ignatius, WaPo

Gen. John Allen must sometimes feel as if he’s navigating a maze as he organizes the coalition to defeat the Islamic State: Iran is a silent partner in Iraq but a potential adver...

Kurdistan's 'State' Warfare - Odisho, Mustafa & Fisher, The Conversation

Opening a front against Kurdistan, although inexplicable on military and political grounds, is intelligible under different criteria. The only reason that stands out among the prev...

OPEC's Ill-Advised Price War with U.S. Shale - T. Mullaney, MarketWatch

Give Saudi Arabia credit: Whoever sets oil-production policy for the desert kingdom has guts. Unfortunately, the sheiks have made what’s likely to become a sucker’s bet...

Qatar Mends Its Saudi Fences - Rob Edens, RealClearWorld

Bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar soured in the wake of the Arab Spring as Qatar lent its diplomatic support, along with some $8 billion, to President Mohammed Mor...

Iran's Nuclear Pursuits Will Draw Copycats - John Bolton, Wash Times

Stall and delay make an effective strategy for Tehran....

The Islamic State Reshapes the Middle East - George Friedman, Stratfor

The United States withdrew from Iraq hoping that Baghdad, even if unable to govern its territory with a consistent level of authority, would nevertheless develop a balance of power...

Can Russia Take on the World? - Ana Maria Luca, NOW Lebanon

Russia’s foreign policy of “no” cannot be sustained by its crumbling economy....

5 Mistaken U.S. Assumptions on Middle East - Andrew Bacevich, IC

Considered from this perspective, the “Iraqi government” actually governs, the “Iraqi army” is a nationally representative fighting force, and the “Ir...

Thinking About post-ISIS Geopolitics - Ronald Tiersky, Huffington Post

IS has already put into place certain aspects of a normal state. A recent New York Times article noted that it not only has a flag, it has also created courts (a religious judicial...

A United GCC Benefits Everyone - The National

Syria will also benefit from a united GCC after the current crisis is eventually replaced by peace. While there is no imminent prospect of this, when calm does return the GCC is th...

Could the Next Crisis Be in Oman? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Oman is also strategically important. For all Western policymakers fret about Iranian activities in the Strait of Hormuz, they often forget that Oman occupies one side of the impor...

Obama too Desperate for Iran Nuke Deal - John Bolton, New York Post

The levels of diplomatic activity, fear and even desperation regarding Iran’s steadily advancing nuclear-weapons program are rising rapidly in the White House....

Will the U.S. Swap Riyadh for Tehran? - Crispian Cuss, Al Jazeera

There are key strategic forces, including demographics and energy supplies, that are pulling the US and Iran closer together. While this may seem farfetched given the current state...

How the Middle East Got to This Point - Conrad Black, National Review

The entire kaleidoscope of countries and movements between Libya and Turkey and Pakistan and Yemen is perhaps more complicated than ever. This is an attempt to review how we got to...

Shattering Myths About the Arab World - Jack Shaheen, The National

Vibrant film offerings are providing audiences with a better understanding of the Arab world and are also helping to shatter Hollywood’s stereotypical Arab images....

Saudis' Quest for Hollywood Movies - Rym Ghazal, The National

There is an old Arabic saying that goes, “Al Mamnou Marghoub”, or the forbidden is desired. Nothing illustrates this better than when­ever my friends and relatives come over f...

The Benefits and Risks of Falling Oil Prices - Economist

THE collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 had many causes. None was as basic as the fall in the price of oil, its main export, by two-thirds in real terms between 1980 and 1986....

The Arab World Needs Israel's Help - Jake Wallis Simons, Jerusalem Post

After decades of corrupt dictatorships and rising Islamism, a brief glance across the region reveals that the blood of Sunni and Shi’ite spatters almost every cobblestone fro...

The West Wins, in Spite of Itself - Conrad Black, National Review

A merciful confluence of events is softening the impact of the foreign-policy errors of the United States and its traditional allies. It must be allowed that U.S. foreign policy in...

Why Syria's Moderate Opposition Is Useless - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

Syria's moderate rebels are brawling among themselves in the streets of Turkey. And these are the people the White House wants to arm?...

Cheaper Oil: A Boon or a Bane? - Economist

The oil price is tumbling. Is that good or bad news for the world economy?...

ISIS Is on the Path to Defeat - Hussein Ibish, The National

In spite of its technical competence and impressive adaptability, the militant group may have overreached. The range of territory controlled by its fighters involves vulnerable sup...

When the Bell Tolls for the Petrostate - Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy

It's fair to assume that revenue from selling oil and gas will decline within a few decades in countries that are unlikely to find much in the way of new reserves....

Obama Must Recalibrate Syria Strategy - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

The administration should abandon its lofty rhetoric and make clear that it is focused on a strategy against the Islamic State that is actually achievable: containment....

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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