Saudi Arabia

المملكة العربية السعودية

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...

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...

Most Recent Articles

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 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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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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