Saudi Arabia

المملكة العربية السعودية

Futile and Awkward: Obama's Saudi Moment - Ray Takeyh, Politico

Barack Obama traveled to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in what could be his last—and likely most futile—visit as president. It’s not just that there’s bad blood o...

Obama's Mideast Legacy: Desertion of the Democrats - Alex Rowell, NOW

From Iran through Syria, Egypt and beyond, the net effect of Obama’s two terms has worked in favor of autocrats....

28 Pages Explain American Skepticism of the Saudis - Max Fisher, Vox

The recurring debates over the 28 pages are a reminder of why so many Americans still wonder, nearly 15 years later, whether our closest Arab ally might have shared responsibility ...

Obama in Arabia - Bernard Haykel, Project Syndicate

PRINCETON – US President Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week, to attend the summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, comes at a time when relations between th...

Obama in Saudi Arabia, Exporter of Oil & Bigotry - Nicholas Kristof, NYT

A college senior boarded a flight and excitedly called his family to recount a United Nations event he had attended, but, unfortunately, he was speaking Arabic. Southwest Airlines ...

Will Islamic World Accept Turkey's Leadership? - Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the recent Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit as a grandstanding opportunity to pitch his qualifications to lead the Islam...

Most Recent Articles

Obama's Rendezvous in Riyadh - Wall Street Journal

President Obama arrives in Riyadh Wednesday to meet leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and if he senses a chill it won’t be the air conditioning. America’s tradit...

Selling U.S. Assets Would Hurt Saudis Most - Binyamin Appelbaum, NYT

If Saudi Arabia follows through on its recent threat to sell off its investments in the United States, the financial maneuver could be painful — mostly for Saudi Arabia....

Why Obama Invests So Much in the Saudi Ally He Disdains - Eli Lake, BV

Saudi Arabia began to seriously target radicals after it suffered three major bombings in Riyadh in 2003, Riedel said. Since then, the Saudis have steadily improved their own campa...

Saudi Arabia Is a Great American Ally - Michael Pregent, Foreign Policy

While Tehran continues to sow anti-American terrorism across the Middle East, Riyadh holds the key to regional stability. This is not the time to back away from the House of Saud....

Why Obama Kowtows to Saudi Head-Choppers - Robert Fisk, Independent

Poor old Barack. Off he goes to Riyadh to talk to his so-called ally, Saudi Arabia. The Sunni Wahhabi kingdom long ago run out of patience with the US president, who befriended Shi...

Obama's Big Damage-Control Tour - Michael Crowley, Politico

The centerpiece of Obama's trip will be a stop in Hanover, Germany, where his relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel is strong — the Atlantic described her as "one of ...

The Ever "Complicated" U.S.-Saudi Relationship - David Graham, Atlantic

As President Obama heads to Saudi Arabia this week, that hope is unfulfilled, and relations between the two long-time allies are extremely strained. Bush is long out of office and ...

Obama Is Visiting a Different Saudi Arabia - Faisal Abbas, Al Arabiya

The truth is that Saudi Arabia is undergoing a transformation, and whoever becomes the next US president will certainly have the advantage of working with a young, dynamic, outward...

Saudis Turn the Oil Weapon on Iran - John Kemp, Reuters

Saudi Arabia's decision to scupper negotiations on a coordinated oil output freeze in Doha on Sunday seems to confirm a significant shift in the kingdom's oil policy....

Willful Blindness and Our Saudi "Friends" - Andrew McCarthy, NRO

This deceit at the core of American counterterrorism efforts has led seamlessly to other frauds. Among the most grievous is this one: Saudi Arabia is a key counterterrorism ally of...

Reality Comes Back to Bite Trudeau - Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail

Every new government promises to be more principled and high-minded than the previous one. They were sleazy and corrupt. We are ethical and pure. They did the expedient thing. We w...

The West Has Handed Yemen to al-Qaida - Patrick Cockburn, Independent

As has happened repeatedly since 9/11, the US and countries like Britain fail to combat terrorism because they give priority to retaining their alliance with Saudi Arabia and the G...

Saudis Warn of Reprisals if U.S. Passes 9/11 Bill - Mark Mazzetti, NYT

Saudi officials have long denied that the kingdom had any role in the Sept. 11 plot, and the 9/11 Commission found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or sen...

Is Israel Building an Arab Alliance? - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

The recent move — the transfer of the two islands to Saudi Arabia — reveals part of the dialogue that has been developing between Israel and its Sunni neighbors. A high...

U.S.-Saudi Relations Have Changed for Good - Cammack & Sokolsky, TNI

The new normal will be a more diffident U.S.-Saudi relationship. Both sides will harbor lower expectations of each other and continue to disagree, sometimes sharply, over important...

Turkey Plays Both Sides in Iran, Saudi Conflict - Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor

Ankara is developing a dual-track approach to the Middle East by simultaneously courting bitter rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran to shore up its position in a region that has defied it...

Stop Sugar-Coating Canada's Saudi Arms Deal - Konrad Yakabuski, G&M

Canada has interests and, despite the Trudeau government’s promises to re-engage with rogue regimes the Harper government sought to shun, countering Iran’s growing infl...

Why Did Egypt's President Sell Islands to the Saudis? - Juan Cole, Nation

Even members of the usually supine elite are horrified; the dictator’s move could provoke much more widespread opposition....

Al-Qaida Has Its Own Mini-State in Yemen - Bayoumy et al., Reuters

One unintended consequence of the war in Yemen: Al Qaeda now runs its own mini-state, flush with funds from raiding the local central bank and levying taxes at the local port....

U.S.-Gulf Ties: Frayed, But Not Beyond Repair - Hussein Ibish, National

Plainly, trust has been frayed. What's required therefore, particularly in the run-up to Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia and meeting with the GCC leaderships, is...

Saudi Arabia Tilts Toward India - Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Pakistan, after refusing to supply troops for Saudi Arabia's war against Yemen, finds the Gulf kingdom improving relations with Pakistani archenemy India....

Saudi Arabia's Bitter Lebanese Divorce - Evans & McDowall, Reuters

Saudi Arabia spearheaded efforts to get Gulf Arab states and the Arab League to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization, which led to reports of Lebanese nationals being force...

Why Isn't There More Outrage Over Yemen? - Dan Larison, American Con

War crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen are treated as accidents even when they aren’t. Despite the fact that they illegally declared an entire region of the...

The Saudi Reply to Obama's Weakness - Nawaf Obaid, National Interest

There are three elements one must understand about the Salman Doctrine: it has not spontaneously appeared, it is based on a solid assessment of history and it is bringing about sig...

Saudi Arabia Turns Up the Heat on Hezbollah - Bruce Riedel, Brookings

The current Saudi campaign dates to last summer when the Crown Prince's spies captured the mastermind of the Khobar Tower attack. Ahmed Ibrahim al-Mughassil is a Saudi Shiite who m...

U.S. Is Quietly Aiding a Deadly War in Yemen - Sarah Whitson, LA Times

It's relatively well known that the U.S. and Britain are contributing to the war effort as the lead providers of the Saudi coalition's arsenal. Saudi Arabia has been on a global ar...

Trump: U.S. Comes First, and the World Pays - Sanger & Haberman, NYT

In Mr. Trump’s worldview, the United States has become a diluted power, and the main mechanism by which he would re-establish its central role in the world is economic bargaining...

Can Hezbollah Withstand Saudis' Wrath? - Sami Nader, Al-Monitor

Hezbollah's actions are isolating Lebanon from the Arab states and exacerbating the country's already fractured and paralyzed politics....

Donald Trump's Mideast Myopia - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Donald Trump, in truth, is a candidate with really very little to say about the Muslim world -- and especially about the Middle East. And although his more controversial comments t...

Blame Saudis for Radicalism in Belgium - Leo Cendrowicz, Independent

There are many reasons why Belgium has become a hotbed of radical Islamism. Some of the answers may lie in the implanting of Saudi Salafist preachers in the country from the 1960s....

A Presidential Rebuke to the Saudis - New York Times

It is rare for an American president to skewer a friendly government publicly. But that’s what President Obama did last week in presenting a well-considered analysis of troub...

How Saudi Arabia Captured Washington - Max Fisher, Vox

When I asked members of the DC-based foreign policy community what was driving this, they described an establishment whose preexisting worldview — a natural preference for th...

Don't Expect a Russia-Saudi Thaw Just Yet - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

Russia’s likely gradual and partial military withdrawal from Syria may minimize one of the irritants in the Russian-Saudi relationship, but it won’t address their funda...

How Saudi Turned Its Greatest Weapon on Itself - Andrew Cooper, NYT

All the evidence suggests that Saudi officials never expected oil prices to fall below $60 a barrel. But then they never expected to lose their sway as the swing producer within th...

Mr. Obama, We Are Not 'Free Riders' - Turki al-Faisal, Arab News

No, Mr. Obama. We are not “free riders.” We shared with you our intelligence that prevented deadly terrorist attacks on America....

Is Cold Peace Possible in the Middle East? - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

That Hezbollah's involvement in Saudi Arabia's costly campaign in Yemen -- in addition to its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad -- would compel the kingdom to punish Lebano...

The Limits That Shaped Obama's 'Doctrine' - K. Bokhari, Geop. Futures

The phrase “The Obama Doctrine” is just a way of describing the decisions Obama had to make in the past seven years. The driving force behind the doctrine was ultimately not Ob...

Will There Be Peace in Yemen? - Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Signs point to Saudi Arabia wanting out of its war in Yemen as Oman-mediated talks open with the Shiite Houthi rebels....

Another Failed War in the Middle East - Daniel Larison, Amer. Conservative

The Saudi-led intervention has been going on for over eleven months, and in that time it has failed in all of its stated objectives. The Houthis have not been driven from the capit...

Saudis Push Back Progress for Women - Economist

WHEN Hind Al-Otaibi went to the Riyadh Personal Status Court to have her father struck out as her wali, or guardian, the judges seemed sympathetic. Her father had raped and bruised...

The War on Terror: Redefining Friend and Foe - David Pence, Star Tribune

In short, an honest debate of American policy in the war on terror must address this riddle: Why are two of our most trusted “allies” all these years — Saudi Arab...

Lebanon Caught Between Two Mideast Giants - The Economist

Saudi Arabia’s moves against Lebanon seem amateurish. Even if the Lebanese parties wanted to, they could do little to diminish the role of Hizbullah, which acts as a state within...

What Is the Saudi Endgame in Lebanon? - Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Saudi Arabia is playing a high-stakes game in Lebanon, seeking to punish and weaken Hezbollah and Iran. It's not clear if the Saudis have an achievable end goal in mind....

Doctors Are Dying Across the Middle East - Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy

Physicians, nurses and patients are under assault by the Syrian and Russian air campaign and U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen....

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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