Saudi Arabia

المملكة العربية السعودية

A Nuclear Deal with Iran Is no Panacea - Kevin Sullivan, The Week

Washington wants Iran isolated and on the cusp of insolvency. Iranians are not oblivious to this fact, and in spite of their rather cosmopolitan disposition, Iranians overwhelmingl...

Cold Wars Simmer in Islamic Middle East - Pierre Atlas, Indianapolis Star

The Muslim Middle East is increasingly divided along sectarian and ideological lines. In addition to the violent conflicts that make the nightly news, two "cold wars" are simmering...

In Israel, Military Means for Political Ends - Kori Schake, Hoover

One can be sympathetic to the grievances of Palestinians while still allowing their choices to be self-defeating. By indulging revenge fantasies, Hamas collapsed belief among Israe...

Yemen's Peril Is a Threat to the Whole Region - The National

Whatever it is that the Houthi rebels are planning in Yemen, it is certainly not going to be for the benefit of all Yemenis, or the GCC. That is the unmistakable impression of the ...

The Fatal Flaw in the Fight Against ISIS - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

The west is left leading an intervention that lacks a clearly defined political ambition and a military exit strategy. Stemming the jihadi tide to prevent the collapse of Iraq was ...

Most Recent Articles

Kissinger's Last Appeal for Realism - Vartan Oskanian, Al Jazeera

The bear knows seven songs and they are all about honey - I don't know if that's an Armenian saying or a Russian one, but it's true for Kissinger as well. All of his songs are abou...

Fighting the Purpose-Driven Jihad - Kevin Sullivan, NI

No matter how much lip service American presidents pay to the aspirations of Arabs and Muslims across the greater Middle East, the United States is -- and will likely remain -- hea...

Arab Nations Are Right to Join Fight on ISIS - The National

In many ways, the involvement of so many Arab countries in the battle against ISIL is a defining moment. In another sense, however, it is merely a natural response to the context o...

The U.S. Is Leading a Robust Arab Coalition - Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

According to the Pentagon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates directly contributed airpower to the attacks, while Qatar played a supporting role. So much fo...

Obama's Airstrikes Might Be Unexpectedly Effective - Fred Kaplan, Slate

The key to this war, like in all wars, will be political. It is highly significant that four Arab nations—Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain—participat...

The Long Battle Against ISIS Begins - The National

Air strikes have begun against the militant group. But more than a military solution will be needed....

Why Arab States Are Helping in Syria - Jane Kinninmont, Chatham House

For the US, it was vitally important to avoid strikes against Islamic State (IS) looking like another Western attack on a Middle Eastern country, and to emphasize that opposition t...

Syria's Opposition Needs a Strategy - Hassan Hassan, Daily Star

The Syrian opposition is in a rare position of power, at least internationally....

This Looks a Lot Like Another War in the Middle East - The Economist

Despite disagreement about what to call it, America is preparing to go to war with jihadists in Iraq and Syria....

ISIS Wants Saudi Arabia's Oil Wells - Claude Salhani, Time

For the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Syria and Iraq were a good place to start their campaign, but in order to survive and prosper it knew from the outset that it ha...

U.S. Enlists Saudi King in War of Ideas - Michael Crowley, Time

Sitting in a gilded room at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris, Kerry sounded irritated at the media’s focus on air strikes and ground forces. “The military...

The Double-Edged Sword of Islamist Militancy - S. Chubin, The Daily Star

In an era of fluid and contested borders and indirect and proxy conflicts, the temptation for states to use radical groups for their own policy purposes is substantial....

The Saudis Can Crush ISIS - Nawaf Obaid & Saud al-Sarhan, NY Times

As ISIS continues to grow, many commentators have been pointing to Saudi Arabia as the source of the group, and most assume that the United States is the only force that can stop ...

Obama's Coalition of Frenemies - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

The hardened rhetoric — and, more important, the expanded commitment it promises — came after the Islamic State beheaded two American journalists in Syria and brazenly dared ...

Saudi Arabia's Dilemma - David Ignatius, Washington Post

With Iraq and Syria ablaze, the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia seems almost an afterthought. But Riyadh will be a crucial, if quixotic, ally as the United States seeks to mobiliz...

To Understand ISIS, Start with Wahhabism - Alastair Crooke, Huff Post

It is not hard to understand how the founding of the Islamic State by ISIS in contemporary Iraq might resonate amongst those who recall this history. Indeed, the ethos of 18th cent...

Saudi Arabia's Repression - Washington Post

For months now, the Saudi human rights activist Waleed Abulkhair has been clinging to the truth against the odds. Last month, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison (with five year...

Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism - Ed Husain, New York Times

Let’s be clear: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram, the Shabab and others are all violent Sunni Salafi groupings. For five decades, Saudi Arabia has be...

The Hard Hand of the Middle East - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Reality can be harsh. In order for the United States to weaken and eventually defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it could use help from both the Iranian regime and that of...

The Middle East Cold War and U.S. - Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?...

Slavery's Modern Face in the Middle East - Robert Fulford, National Post

Kafala is a system that governs construction and domestic migrant labourers in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf States. When workers arrive, they must immediately surrend...

Israel & Saudi Arabia: Possible Partnership? - Guzansky & Neubauer, TNI

To Saudi Arabia, the cost of open relations with Israel at this moment in time may be higher than the benefit, given the position of the Arab street, which rejects recognition of I...

A Cataclysmic Purge in the Middle East - Hassan Mneimneh, GMF

The governments of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria must each assume some direct responsibility for the current unfolding horror. The Saudi government is locked into a quasi-sui...

How the Saudis Helped ISIS in Iraq - Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

The difference between al-Qa'ida and Isis can be overstated: when Bin Laden was killed by United States forces in 2011, al-Baghdadi released a statement eulogising him, and Isis pl...

Saudi Arabia's Family Feud - Simon Henderson, Foreign Policy

Inside the House of Saud's family feud....

Mideast Power Struggles Exploit Ancient Rift - David Kirkpatrick, NYT

This island nation off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia was the first place where Arab Spring demands for equal citizenship and democratic governance degenerated into a sectarian ...

Why Iran & Saudi Arabia May Have to Get Along - Mark Leonard, Reuters

In a post-American Middle East, this kind of concert of powers is the only way to stop the bloodshed. But my instinct — after talks with Iranians and Saudis over the last few mon...

U.S.-Saudi Ties Getting Worse - Fahad Nazer, Yale Global

WASHINGTON: Those who expected the summit between US President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah to produce a "reset" button after unusually strained relations between the two nations ...

Predictable Petropolitics Behind Iraq Crisis - Robert Fisk, The Independent

Saudi Arabia’s claim to be the greatest oil producer in the world is no longer threatened by Shia Iraq’s output, nor the undiscovered reserves which might turn Iraq int...

Why the Global Economy Still Needs Saudi Arabia - Steve LeVine, Quartz

The US shale oil boom is said to be reducing the world’s long-running dependence on Saudi Arabia. But the upheaval in Iraq appears to be reviving the kingdom’s centrality to th...

The Rise of Saudi America - Chris Sorensen, Maclean's

As U.S. oil output booms, some say the 40-year-old export ban is outdated...

Time for a U.S. Triage in the Mideast - Adam Garfinkle, American Interest

As many have already noted, if the U.S. government uses force against ISIS on behalf of the Maliki government in Iraq, it will in effect be allying itself with Iran—not such a ho...

Killer Virus Demands More Saudi Openness - Washington Post

There is no known antiviral or vaccine for the MERS virus. So far it does not appear to transmit rapidly among humans in a way that could create a pandemic, although some transmiss...

What's Up with Saudi Outreach to Iran? - Brandon Friedman, WPR

The much-publicized kiss the new Saudi ambassador to Iran, Abdulrahman bin Garman Al Shahri, bestowed on former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani on April 22, and the recent Sau...

The Muslims' War on Fun Is Killing Them - Micheal Ledeen, PJ Media

Never mind a failed state;  we’re talking about a failed civilization, even in the most culturally advanced Muslim domain, the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The root of their fa...

Saudi Arabia Recalibrates - Hassan Hassan & Michael Weiss, American Int.

Saudi Arabia has adjusted its Middle East strategy to a remarkable degree in the last six months. But lurking beneath the surface are tensions that could result in another big rift...

Saudi Arabia's Goodbye Wave to America - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

When one of the most powerful militaries in the Middle East holds the largest military exercise in its history, the region and allies would be wise to look beyond the explosions an...

Deadly MERS Virus Spreading at Terrifying Rate - Ishaan Tharoor, WaPo

On Thursday, the Saudi Arabian health ministry confirmed 13 more cases of patients contracting MERS-CoV, the acronym for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, as ...

Making Qatar an Offer It Can't Refuse - Hassan Hassan, Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia is setting new terms in the Gulf’s relationship with its wayward neighbor. But will Doha bridle at the deal?...

Saudis Didn't Fail in Syria, the West Did - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

The removal of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has intrigued those who seek to read the tea-leaves of Riyadh....

Why the Saudis Are Panicking - Trita Parsi, The National Interest

Riyadh’s opposition to the Iran nuclear talks has largely been understood in the context of the larger Saudi-Iranian and Sunni-Shia rivalry. Consequently, Saudi’s negat...

The U.S.-Saudi Relationship Is Fracked - Joergen Moeller, Yale Global

Shale oil and gas has been labeled a game changer. Statistics would suggest that, yes, the new technologies and discoveries associated with hydraulic fracking change the energy pic...

Saudis Push Pakistan Deeper into Fanaticism - P. Ravichandran, Pragati

The idea of Pakistan being a secular republic with citizenship rights accorded to all minorities was a brief one that never stood a chance against the more orthodox followers of Ji...

It's Up to Obama to Fix U.S.-Saudi Ties - The Daily Star

Obama now needs to do his part to save this relationship. On Palestine and on Syria especially, the U.S. is going to have to make some tough decisions. Saudi Arabia has changed in ...

Obama Calls the Shots in Saudi Arabia - David Blair, Daily Telegraph

Mr Obama has no need to feel inhibited when he encounters the Saudi king. He can try to quell the fires in the Middle East without heeding the humble nonagenarian who prefers to de...

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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