Saudi Arabia

المملكة العربية السعودية

Saudi Prince: This Is Worse than the North Korea Deal - A. Taylor, WaPo

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the United States between 1981 and 2005, has written a damning column in which he compares the Iran nuclear deal to the failed nuc...

The Real Reason Saudis, Israelis and Neocons Hate Deal - F Kaplan, Slate

Here’s the thing to keep in mind about most critics of the Iran nuclear deal that was signed Tuesday morning: Their objections have nothing to do with the details of the deal...

Saudi Arabia Loses a Voice of Reason - Bruce Riedel, Daily Beast

The kingdom has lost its steadiest diplomat—and its most clever problem-solver....

Why the Saudis Are Going Solar - Jeffrey Ball, The Atlantic

Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad Al Saud belongs to the family that rules Saudi Arabia. He wears a white thawb and ghutra, the traditional robe and headdress ...

A Saudi-Russia Energy Partnership? - Gaurav Agnihotri, Oil Price

What happens when two nations, that together account for more than fourth quarter of global oil production, begin collaborating on future energy projects?   Russian President ...

How Working Women Are Transforming Saudi Arabia - Der Spiegel

Every time Hanin Alamri sells a pair of shoes, it amounts to a revolution. Stilettos, platform heels, gold peep-toes -- all lined up on white shelves on the second floor of the Red...

Most Recent Articles

The Saudis Go Solar - Jeffrey Ball, The Atlantic

The fact that Saudi Arabia, an ardent booster of fossil fuels, has found compelling economic reasons to bet on solar is one of the clearest signs yet that solar, at least in some c...

Saudi War Struggles on Three Fronts - Madawi Al-Rasheed, Al-Monitor

The two contenders to the Saudi throne need signs of impending victory in their battles against the Houthis to secure their legitimacy to lead....

The Oil Rally Might Be Over - Nick Cunningham, Oil Price

The oil markets could be about to enter another round of soft prices....

Why Yemen Talks Will Likely Go Nowhere - Bruce Riedel, Brookings

This weekend, the Houthis captured the provincial capital of Al Hazm in Al Jawaf province. They already controlled much of the province, but Al Hazm's capture consolidates their co...

Yes, the Saudis Can Build the Bomb - Jeffrey Lewis, Foreign Policy

While I don’t think it is terribly likely that Saudi Arabia will choose to build nuclear weapons, I think it is deeply misguided to conclude that Saudi Arabia (or pretty much...

Did the Saudis Play a Role in 9/11? - Max Fisher, Vox

The findings, though frustratingly inconclusive, are in line with what many analysts and journalists have long suspected: that, while the Saudi government was probably not involved...

What's Ahead for Saudi Arabia? - Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Saudi's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud has made a number of crucial changes during his first months in power, from taking military and policy risks to a reshuffling of parliame...

Clemency for a Saudi Blogger - New York Times

The decision on Sunday by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court to uphold a cruel sentence imposed on the blogger Raif Badawi last May by the criminal court in Jeddah is tantamount to...

The New Saudi Nationalism - Theodore Karasik, The National

Though the idea of nationalism is not new, it has become especially important now. The King and his proclaimed successors – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown P...

Absent Empire, Chaos Reigns in the Middle East - Robert D. Kaplan, FP

Imperialism may have fallen out of fashion, but history shows that the only other option is the kind of chaos we see today....

Why the Saudis Can't Win in Yemen - Bruce Riedel, Al Monitor

Saudi Arabia is seen as having jumped into the war in Yemen without having thought out the consequences for itself, the United States and the struggle against the Islamic State....

The Islamic State Just Hit Saudi Arabia - Economist

Saudi Arabia has seemed more or less sheltered from the wars and sectarian bloodletting that have raged all around it in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. No longer....

This Angry Arab Moment - Roger Cohen, New York Times

Iran these days is a greater focus of Arab ire and disquiet than Israel, a country with which many Arab states have aligned but unsayable interests....

Why Should the U.S. Suck Up to Saudi Arabia? - A. Bacevich, LA Times

The rocky turn in U.S. relations with two long-standing strategic partners has caused much hand-wringing. But is it really such a bad thing? Or does it hint at a long-overdue polic...

The Saudis Cut Adrift from Washington - Peter Baker & Michael Shear, NYT

WASHINGTON — The decision by King Salman of Saudi Arabia to skip a summit meeting called by President Obama reflects a new reality for two nations that for generations shared...

Saving the Saudis from Their Yemen Disaster - Bloomberg View

After a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week, Saudi Arabia announced a five-day cease-fire of its bombing campaign in Yemen. It's a step toward peace -- but only a...

Why the Saudis Are Right to Snub Obama - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The conceit of Obama’s strategy rests on more than a weak deal that he hopes will be enough to postpone the question of an Iranian bomb even as it essentially anoints Tehran ...

How Obama Taught the Saudis to Love the Islamists - Ben Avni, NY Post

Beyond the Saudi court’s generational shakeup, we too are responsible for Riyadh’s budding honeymoon with jihadists, by neglecting the region and, even more so, with ou...

Time for Politics in a Desperate Yemen - Dan Depetris, Sismec

Highly concerned that the security situation inside Yemen was no longer possible to ignore, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud made a decision that was highly uncharacteristic of Sa...

A Messy Yemeni Divorce Is Underway - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

In the south of Yemen today, every outsider is a northerner. The red star on a blue border, part of the old South Yemen flag, can be seen everywhere. The “northern occupation...

Iran and Saudi Arabia Are on a Collision Course - Farzin Nadimi, TWI

To prevent recent airline and shipping incidents from escalating into a wider military confrontation with Iran, all sides will need to exercise great caution in the Persian Gulf an...

The Royal Saudi Shakeup - Robin Wright, New Yorker

The House of Saud, one of the world’s largest and richest royal families, experienced a quiet coup within its ranks shortly before dawn on Wednesday. King Salman canned his C...

The Saudi Monarchy's Big Reshuffle - Ahmed Al Omran, Wall Street Journal

RIYADH—Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said King Salman bin Abdulaziz had removed his crown prince and foreign minister, as part of a dramatic reshuffling of his top officials....

Is the House of Saud on the Brink of Collapse? - Dan Drezner, WaPo

There’s an appealing logic to these claims. It’s not like the Middle East is a beacon of stability at the moment. The House of Saud is dealing with rising Iranian influ...

The New, Turbocharged Saudi Foreign Policy - Ray Takeyh, CFR

Saudi Arabia’s incursion into Yemen reflects a new foreign policy that assertively presses Saudi claims in the Middle East and even uses its own armed forces to ensure its in...

Our Bad Saudi Friends - Kelley Vlahos, American Conservative

Why is the United States obligated to support the wars and wishes of its brutal, terror-funding client state?...

How Yemen Became a Stage for Proxy Battles - Michael Petrou, Maclean's

Yemen, already the poorest country in the Middle East, is falling to pieces....

What's Behind the Latest Saudi-Iranian Spat? - Joshua Keating, Slate

Iranian citizens are pretty isolated from their country’s main global enemies, the United States and Israel. But they are much less cut off from Iran’s regional rival S...

Yemen's President: Save My Country - Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, NYT

Riyadh — My country, Yemen, is under siege by radical Houthi militia forces whose campaign of horror and destruction is fueled by the political and military support of an Ira...

What if Saddam Had Invaded Saudi Arabia? - Robert Farley, TNI

In early August 1990, the Iraqi Army executed a nearly flawless operation to seize and occupy Kuwait. Iraqi forces had grown increasingly lethal in the final year of the Iran-Iraq ...

Saudi Arabia, Iran Fight for Regional Supremacy - Der Spiegel

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition continues to bombard Yemen in an effort to stop the advance of an Iran-backed Shiite militia there. The conflict is becoming a proxy war for regional s...

Yemen a Good Test Run for Arab Army - Theodore Karasik, The National

It’s been more than a week since a Saudi Arabian-led coalition launched air strikes against Houthi rebel targets in Yemen. Operation Decisive Storm is made up of 10 Sunni sta...

The Middle East: A Rubik's Cube of Conflict - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Never in modern times has the Middle East been so chaotic. Many of us who have worked in the region have been comparing it — frighteningly — to Europe’s Thirty Ye...

The Road to a Middle East Grand Bargain - Ali Hashem, Al-Monitor

If Saudi Arabia and Iran were interested, the confrontation in Yemen could give way to a grand regional bargain....

Riyadh's Own Cuban Missile Crisis - Bilal Saab, Foreign Affairs

ith the intervention in Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s military is trying to kill several birds with one stone. In the near term, it is safeguarding the country from what Riyadh perce...

Stop Cheering the Foolish Saudi War in Yemen - Kevin Sullivan, The Week

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia won bipartisan support and praise from Washington last week for its recent push to repel the advances of Iranian-backed rebels in the crisis-prone count...

The Middle Eastern Balance of Power Matures - George Friedman, Stratfor

Last week, a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries, primarily from the Arabian Peninsula and organized by Saudi Arabia, launched airstrikes in Yemen that have continued i...

Saudi Arabia's Ominous Reach into Yemen - New York Times

The Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen threatens to turn what has been a civil war between competing branches of Islam into a wider regional struggle involving Iran. It could...

Autonomous Arab World Sending Message to US - Amal Mudallali, NI

Operation Decisive Storm, the new coalition led by Saudi Arabia to roll back the takeover of Yemen by the Houthis is seen as an awakening by most of the Arabs, a new page that rest...

The Dangers of the Arab Intervention in Yemen - Ken Pollack, Brookings

The news that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states along with Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, and Sudan have launched air strikes against Houthi forces in Yemen should give ...

Sweden's Lonely Stand Against Saudi Cruelty - Nick Cohen, Spectator

Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more likely...

Why Are 10 Countries Attacking Yemen? - Jeremy Shapiro, Brookings

The incident as a whole demonstrates, if any demonstration was necessary, that in the Middle East everything is logically and intimately related to everything else. So by defining ...

The Strategic Importance of Yemen - Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

Yemen is a growing reminder of just how important the strategic U.S. partnership with Saudi Arabia really is. It is one thing to talk about the war against ISIS, and quite another ...

The Significance of Saudi Arabia Bombing Yemen - I. Tharoor, WP

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Saudi Arabia bombed positions in Yemen held by Houthi militias, a rebel force that had already thrown out sitting President&n...

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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