Saudi Arabia

المملكة العربية السعودية

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Most Recent Articles

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...

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...

Syria and the Perils of Proxy War - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

Two big powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have squared off in a competition for dominance in much of the Arab Middle East. Other countries are either choosing sides or nervously tryin...

Israel's Hard Bargain with Bob Gates - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

How did Israel land an extra squadron of Joint Strike Fighters? It was the cost of doing business with Saudi Arabia, according to the former secretary of defense’s new book....

Time for Israel to Reconsider Arab League Deal - Uri Dromi, Miami H'ld

In 2002, the Arab League issued a comprehensive peace initiative with Israel. It was met with a strange dismissal and apathy in Israel. The time has come to reconsider it. Netanyah...

Say Goodbye to Our Mideast Allies - Benny Avni, New York Post

The Saudis just flipped the bird at President Obama. It’s hard to blame them: They’re just looking after their own interests in the increasingly chaotic Middle East. The ques...

Sunnis Against Shias: A Strategic Absurdity - The Guardian

Iran and Saudi Arabia are both bent on unrealistic plans for dominance in the Middle East or, at the very least, on denying the dominance of the other....

The Mideast's Unlikely Allies - Ben Fishman, New York Times

On Dec. 15, Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former Saudi intelligence chief, drew a harsh portrait of American weakness, unreliability and poor judgment in the Middle East. His speech ...

The Autocrat's Emergency Bailout Fund - James Traub, Foreign Policy

Are billions of dollars from Russia and the Gulf really worse than Western assistance?...

Why We Loved Lawrence of Arabia - Jack Schwartz, The Daily Beast

As the British Empire receded after World War II, Lawrence’s stature has only grown. He can be adopted by those who long for England’s faded glory as an avatar of the c...

Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone - Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, NYT

We believe that many of the West’s policies on both Iran and Syria risk the stability and security of the Middle East. This is a dangerous gamble, about which we cannot remain si...

Syria's Saudi Jihadist Problem - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Saudi Arabia is playing a dangerous double game—turning a blind eye to the jihadists flocking from Riyadh to Syria while assuring the West of its commitment to fighting terro...

Time for Saudis, Israelis to Link Up - R. Jordan Prescott, RealClearDefense

  In October, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stunned international observers by turning down the opportunity to sit on the United Nations Security Council. According to the Saudi...

Saudi Arabia's Choice: Iran or Israel? - Yaron Friedman, Ynet News

The Iranians will go on insisting on enriching uranium, and on the Iranian streets people will continue chanting proudly, "Death to America." The only one who can thwart the agreem...

Obama Channels Kissinger - David Ignatius, Washington Post

This has been a year when America re-embraced diplomacy after a frustrating decade of war, displaying a relentlessly pragmatic approach that recalls the days of such deal-making fo...

Is Iran Set to Lash Out at Saudi Arabia? - David Schenker, Global Public Sq.

Paradoxically, the international “first step” nuclear agreement with Iran increases rather than diminishes the chances that the Shiite theocracy in Tehran will take steps tha...

The Saudi Expulsions Crisis - Brian Whitaker, The Arabist

For the last month or so, as regular readers will know, I have been following the story of Saudi Arabia's crackdown on migrants. I have spent hours gathering information from open ...

What Iran Can Do to Ease Gulf Tensions - Daily Star

Iran has plenty of cards to play if it truly wants to see an improvement in its relations with individual Gulf countries and this region as a whole. If such an initiative is taken ...

Western Games Being 'Culturalized' for Arabs - Colin Campbell, Polygon

They do things differently in Saudi Arabia, in Abu Dhabi and in Egypt. In the countries of the Middle East, where Arabic is spoken and where, to a greater or lesser extent, religio...

The Other Arab Awakening - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

The Gulf leaders still have no time for one-man, one-vote democracy. But, in the wake of the Arab Spring, they’re deeply concerned with their legitimacy, which they are discoveri...

The Coming Nuclear Arms Race in the Gulf - John Hannah, Foreign Policy

How Washington stabbed the Saudis in the back, and why the Iran deal will start a nuclear arms race in the Persian Gulf....

Kerry Hasn't Saved -- or Destroyed -- the Mideast - David Rohde, Reuters

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry appear to have run the table in Middle East diplomacy. An interim nuclear agreement with Iran has been reached, Israeli-Pal...

Cry Munich, and Let Slip the Dogs of Hyperbole - Greg Scoblete, RCW

It never seems to dawn on commentators complaining about the loss of U.S. leverage in the region that during the Reagan presidency (the one neocons pine for), one of the largest wa...

Israelis, Saudis and the Iran Deal - George Friedman, Stratfor

While the unfolding deal involves the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany, two countries intensely oppose it: Israel and Saudi Arabia. Though not powers on th...

No One in the Middle East Will Sleep - Simon Henderson, The Atlantic

So, how are the Saudis reacting? That’s the question on many people’s lips now that world powers have arrived at a nuclear deal with Iran. The simple answer is that they are ...

Saudi Arabia Considers Nuclear Weapons - Aryn Baker, Time

As the first round of nuclear talks got under way on Nov. 7 in Geneva, select leaks to the Western media suggested that Saudi Arabia was planning to buy nuclear weapons from Pak...

U.S. Allies Need Reassurance on Iran - Steven Spiegel, New York Times

The interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear program may or may not represent a breakthrough in the longer and more difficult talks to continue for the next six months. In ei...

Backstage Brawl over a Deal - David Ignatius, Washington Post

As the Iran deal has taken shape, a backstage brawl is developing with Israel and Saudi Arabia, two countries crucially affected by the deal. The unrelenting attacks on the agreeme...

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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