Saudi Arabia

المملكة العربية السعودية

Iran Could Make a Fine Ally - Ameer Ali, The Australian

SHI'ITES are a bete noire to the Sunni ulema (religious scholars) and Sunnis are the same for Shia imams. This antipathy between the sects is more than a millennium old but remaine...

Sweden Took a Big Civil Rights Stand against Riyadh - I. Tharoor, WaPo

The Swedish government this week decided to scrap an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, effectively bringing to an end a decade-old defense agreement with the kingdom. The move followed ...

A Perfect Storm of Peril in Yemen - Paul-Anton Kruger, Sueddeutsche

Shia militiamen, Sunni clans, al-Qaida, Iran and Saudi Arabia all have their hands in the rapidly shifting sands of the poorest state in the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is everybody's...

Why a Nuclear Deal with Iran Is so Important - Kingston Reif, TNI

Preventing the acquisition of nuclear weapons by additional states and terrorist groups is one of America’s top national-security priorities. The outcome of the ongoing negot...

Saudis Look to Egypt to Counter ISIS, Iran - W.R. Mead, American Interest

Egypt might normally prefer to look almost exclusively westward, where the chaos in Libya both poses an explicit threat to its own security (radicals and weapons moving across the ...

Mysterious MERS Virus Is Back - Helen Branswell, Scientific American

Infectious disease watchers are again wondering what is going on in Saudi Arabia. Since the beginning of February the Saudis have reported 52 cases of Middle East respiratory syndr...

Most Recent Articles

Saudi-Iran Competition, Houthi Ascendance in Yemen - Chatham House

Interviews with people who have been granted rare access to the Houthis’ inner circle of leaders (including its so-called ‘executive committee’, a council that ov...

Shaming the Barbarous Saudi Government - Washington Times

Mr. Badawi received the first 50 lashes, beaten to a pulp and within an inch of his life. The government suspended further beating, not as an act of Islamic mercy, but lest he die ...

Can Yemen Be Saved? - Barak Barfi, Project Syndicate

Yemen is mired in crises that it cannot solve alone. Unless its international allies throw it a lifeline, it risks being swallowed by a sea of disorder that could imperil the entir...

The Oil Price Is a Slippery Strategic Weapon - Lee Lane, RealClearWorld

To some observers, the U.S. LTO boom also represents a new weapon of economic warfare. Adherents of this view correctly note that at present, Iran and Russia are U.S. foes. Increas...

The Houthis Now Run Yemen - Joshua Keating, Slate

The apparent coup in Yemen last month, when President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned after Houthi rebels occupied his palace, is now official. The Houthis announced today that the...

Did Saudi King Set the Stage for a Royal Row? - F.G. Gause, Foreign Affairs

n just over ten days of rule, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has moved swiftly to consolidate power. In doing so, he has raised the profile of two of the royal family’s so-...

Mixed Shiite Reactions to New Saudi King - Ali Mamouri, Al Monitor

The death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz divided the Shiite community: While many celebrated and rejoiced, others deeply regretted the death of the Saudi monarch who was know...

New Saudi Leadership Acting Decisively - David Ignatius, Washington Post

Saudi Arabia, which often confounds outsiders with its slow and opaque governance, has moved surprisingly quickly under King Salman, its new monarch, to streamline government and p...

The U.S. Does not Need Iran as an Ally - Hussain Abdul-Hussain, NOW

President Obama can try cozying up to Iran all he likes, but to pretend it’s a better ally than Saudi Arabia will make the steady Kingdom think twice....

Iran's Powerful non-Nuclear "Bomb" - G. Nuseibeh & E. Epstein, J-Post

Iran may have already secured its greatest leverage, achieving a strategic and economic chokehold on Saudi Arabia and Israel at the same time....

Much Ado About no Headscarves - Ben Kamisar, The Hill

The White House downplayed a flap Wednesday over first lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia, noting that it is hardly unusual for women from the West to not wear a hea...

Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi Folly - Jamsheed & Carol Choksy, WPR

The House of Saud proclaims that it stands “in the face of those trying to hijack Islam ‎and present it to the world as a religion of extremism, hatred, and terrorism.&rd...

Obama Cozies Up to the Saudis - Fred Kaplan, Slate

President Obama’s hasty trip to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday—cutting short his time in India and summoning an unusually large entourage, including his secretary of state and...

New Saudi King's Troubling Terrorist Ties - David Andrew Weinberg, FP

President Barack Obama arrived in Riyadh today to offer his condolences on the death of the beloved Saudi King Abdullah and to meet his successor, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. But...

A Talk with Bashar al Assad - Jonathan Tepperman, Foreign Affairs

One of the officials from your country asked me seven years ago in Syria at the end of a meeting, “How do you think we can solve the problem in Afghanistan?” I told him...

Saudi Arabia, a Family Business - Justin Fox, Bloomberg View

There is one point at which family businesses are especially vulnerable, though -- when leadership is transferred. There’s a whole academic literature on family-business succ...

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...

Abdullah Death's Effect on US-Saudi Relations - Max Boot, Commentary

The death of King Abdullah provides a good opportunity to reflect on the long and troubled relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. It is not, by any stretch, an obvious or ...

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...

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....

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...

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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