March 30, 2012

Saudi Arabia Knocked Off Balance

Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times

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 The Saudi royal family prizes stability as much as the oil that secures its wealth, but political upheaval across the Middle East has shaken the kingdom's sense of balance, forcing it to press for radical change in Syria and confront a bid by longtime nemesis Iranto wield greater influence.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Arab Spring


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