Saudi Arabia

المملكة العربية السعودية

Saudi Arabia Is Humiliating Iran - Mudar Zahran, Jerusalem Post

On January 11, 2016, Iran's official media confirmed the state had filled the Arak nuclear reactor core with concrete. In short: Iran has killed its flagship nuclear site and its n...

The Gulf's New, Risky Social Contract - Sultan Al Qassemi, ME Institute

The collapse of numerous Arab states and the emergence of ISIS have fuelled a sense of urgency within the GCC to insulate their countries from the mayhem around it. Gulf citizens, ...

A Power Caught Between Allies and Adversaries - A.D. Miller, RCWorld

This is not your grandfather's Middle East....

U.S. Should Halt Its Support for the War in Yemen - Dan Larison, AmCon

Obama should withdraw the support he’s provided to the Saudis and their allies. The intervention has had predictably disastrous results, and there is growing evidence that th...

Saudi Payment Proves It's Fighting Extremism - Con Coughlin, Telegraph

What the Najib investigation demonstrates is that the opposite is the case, and that, rather than funding extremists, the Saudi government has been quietly supporting moderate Musl...

Most Recent Articles

The Appalling Saudis - Independent

Britain’s policy towards Saudi Arabia is a disgrace. It makes a mockery of our claims to have an ethical approach to bilateral relations with other countries, and it betrays ...

Malaysia's Utterly Bonkers Corruption Scandal - Zach Beauchamp, Vox

If your neighbor told you that the Saudi royal family had wired $681 million to his personal bank account and that they expected nothing in return, you'd probably conclude that was...

Iran Is Now a Great Power - Walter Mead & Harry Cohen, American Interest

The most dramatic development in 2015 was that Iran catapulted into the ranks of the great powers, expanding their number to eight. Iran and Saudi Arabia are now engaged in a zero ...

America's Long Relationship with Saudi Money - Mazzetti & Apuzzo, NYT

When President Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner to ...

Are Shiites Divided over Saudi Arabia? - Ali Mamouri, Al-Monitor

Over the years, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani of Iraq have encouraged Shiites to take opposing approaches toward Sunnis, with ram...

Why the West Is Caught in Saudi Embrace - Doug Saunders, Globe & Mail

Riyadh’s preference for stable tyrants over unstable democracies now has a certain following in Western circles. And the largest single consumer of Saudi petroleum is now Chi...

Only Gulf Countries Can Deliver Stable Region - Hassan Hassan, National

If Iran has the power to destabilise the region, only the Gulf states have the power to stabilise it. The concern should remain about what to do about Iran to prevent it from playi...

The Top 10 Victims of the Export Crisis - G. Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

China: With an economy built on manufactured exports, China is reeling from the consequences of decreasing demand and increasing costs of production. The government is struggling t...

Turkey Needs to Reset Its Relations With Israel - R. Cutler, National Post

Israel might sell gas to Turkey but would be unlikely to rely on Turkey for gas transit to Europe. Turkey’s “ship of state” is being tossed on the seas of social,...

Why Sudan Wants to Stop the 'Spread of Shiism' - Al-Monitor

On the one hand, it is clear that the Saudis and the Sudanese are consciously crafting a mutually convenient financial and political alliance. However, the relationship is perplexi...

The Saudi State Vs. Iran's Revolution - H. Abdul-Hussain, NOW Lebanon

The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not one between Sunnis and Shiites as such, but rather a confrontation between a state and a revolution....

Saudi Arabia Is Buying Up American Farmland - Jeff Daniels, CNBC

Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries are scooping up farmland in drought-afflicted regions of the U.S. Southwest, and that has some people in California and Arizona seeing...

Old Myths Perpetuate Poor Analysis of Saudi - Hassan Hassan, National

Broadly speaking, much of the punditry about Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states at large tends to rely on old facts and myths – mostly dating back to the 1990s. Perpetuating old s...

America's Toxic Mideast Relationships - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

The United States would no doubt prefer that Saudi Arabia remain a viable ally in the Mideast, and a partner in the long war against radicalism and terrorism, especially as the Uni...

Saudi Arabia: A Kingdom Humbled - Tom Kool, Oil Price

Saudi Arabia knows it won't have U.S. support for a direct war with Iran...

Washington Stokes the Flames in Riyadh and Tehran - Kim Ghattas, FP

The implementation of the JCPOA will come on Jan. 16, but the rise in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia risks hollowing out whatever regional benefits were expected from the a...

Palace Intrigue in a Transitioning Saudi Arabia - Reva Bhalla, Stratfor

In the past two weeks, Saudi Arabia sparked a wave of outrage with the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr and sent investors into a frenzy over the possible sale of shares in ...

Iran-Saudi Fallout Will Be Costly for Moscow - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

The ongoing dispute between Iran and Saudi Arabia following the kingdom’s execution of Saudi Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on terrorism charges adds to many of the Middle...

Our 'Regrettable' Criticism of the Saudis - Robert Fisk, Independent

We have condemned them in the lightest terms. The implication is that the good old Saudis have simply let us down – fallen from their previously high moral principles...

A Sectarian Divide in Mideast on Saudi Arabia and Iran - Pew Research

The recent execution of Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr, along with dozens of other prisoners, by the Saudi Arabian government has sparked a furor in the Middle East. The storming of the ...

America's Embarrassing Infighting over the Mideast - Jackson Diehl, WP

The tumult over the Saudi executions revealed a Middle East that desperately needs a steadying outside force. But the reaction in Washington suggested that U.S. help is not on the ...

Oman, Stuck Between Saudi Arabia and Iran - Giorgio Cafiero, Al-Monitor

With a long history as a regional mediator and close ties with both Riyadh and Tehran, will Oman be able to cool the recent Saudi-Iranian tensions following the execution of Shiite...

Oil Exports to Play Big Role in U.S. Geopolitics - Bill Murray, RCE

While it’s been a futile activity for decades to guess the strength of the social contract holding the Saudi Kingdom together, allowing U.S. ports to export crude at any give...

The World's Most Misunderstood Martyr - Toby Matthiesen, Foreign Policy

The execution of Nimr al-Nimr has brought the Middle East to a boiling point. But his beliefs were more complicated than anyone will admit....

Fear and Loathing in Saudi Arabia - Kenneth Pollack, Foreign Policy

Saudi royals are scared about everything from the rise of Iran to the drop in oil prices. And Washington telling them to calm down only makes them angrier....

Iran and Saudi Arabia: Posturing and Reality - G. Friedman, Geo. Futures

Saudi Arabia executed a Shiite cleric. An Iranian crowd set part of the Saudi embassy on fire. Saudi Arabia then broke diplomatic relations with Iran, announcing their staff will l...

Saudi Women Realize Their Rights - Katherine Zoepf, The New Yorker

Institutions and businesses that serve Saudi women are carefully guarded, so as to prevent ikhtilat, illegal gender mixing, and the only male employees of a Saudi girls’ school o...

A Saudi View of the Iran Feud - Dan Drollette Jr, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

It’s politicians who are using the sectarian divide for their purposes. Because look at Iran’s actions wherever they may be. In Lebanon it’s Hezbollah that receiv...

Saudi-Iranian Crisis Complicates Ankara's Regional Plans - S. İdiz, ALM

Rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have put Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on the spot again, providing a fresh example of how its Islamist/Su...

Iran's Martyrdom Machine Revs Up - Phillip Smyth, Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric has put the Middle East on edge — and set up Tehran for its favorite role....

The High Cost of Saudi Insecurities - David Ignatius, Washington Post

Saudi Arabia’s insecurities have been a driver of conflict for 40 years. Fearful of domestic threats, the Saudis bankrolled PLO terrorism, jihadist madrassas, al-Qaeda’s founde...

This Isn't 1973. Let's Dump Riyadh - Ryan Cooper, The Week

But there's the rub, isn't it? Being hardheaded about the U.S. national interest does not necessarily imply accepting sociopathic violence. It might under some circumstances (suppo...

Saudi Arabia's Dangerous Sectarian Game - Toby Craig Jones, NY Times

Why did Saudi Arabia want this now? Because the kingdom is under pressure: Oil prices, on which the economy depends almost entirely, are plummeting; a thaw in Iranian-American rela...

Sunni Governments Do Not Trust America - Wall Street Journal

A Middle East dividing into Sunni and Shiite blocs is the predictable consequence of Mr. Obama’s strategy of retreat from the region. As elsewhere, U.S. allies in the Middle ...

Obama's Middle East Balancing Act Tilts Toward Iran - Rogin & Lake, BV

At the root of the problem for Sunni Arab states is the nuclear deal reached last summer by Iran and Western nations. When the White House sold the pact to Congress and Middle East...

Iran's Interference in Arab Affairs Cannot Continue - Gulf News

Iran has acted with overbearing arrogance for many years and its Arab neighbours have shown exceptional patience as they have sought to build proper relations required between sove...

The Diminished Legacy of the Iran Deal - Dan Drezner, Washington Post

It is possible that no amount of Obama administration hand-holding and backstopping was going to placate the anxiety of the Sunni states in the wake of the Iran deal. Still, if you...

Saudi Executions: Unjust, and an Unwise Provocation - The Guardian

Bitter rivals for predominance in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Iran are waging proxy wars against each other in Syria and Yemen, but have so far avoided direct conflict. Yet t...

Saudi Executions Driven by Fear of Sunni Militancy - McDowall, Reuters

Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shi'ite Muslim cleric provoked sectarian anger across the Middle East, but by putting to death dozens of al Qaeda convicts at the same time it also de...

Obama's Mideast Plan Faces a New Hurdle - Jay Solomon, Wall St Journal

The sudden upheaval that shattered ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia over the weekend also saddled the Obama administration with unexpected complications in what already was a lon...

Saudi-Iran Rift Threatens Syria Diplomacy - Dan De Luce, Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday, as an escalating war of words between the two archrivals threatened to derail a renewed international bid to halt the conf...

Saudi Executions Signal Royal Worries - Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Saudi Arabia's execution of 47 people, including a poplar Shiite cleric, point to the royal family's growing concerns about the kingdom's stability....

2015 Winner in Mideast: U.S. Arms Exporters - Joyce Karam, Al Arabiya

46.6 billion U.S. dollars is the average estimate for arms sales from the United States to the world in 2015. Big chunk of those receipts have gone to the Middle East where four wa...

The Contradiction of Saudi-Style Austerity - Roula Khalaf, Financial Times

Saudi officials say they are serious about embracing reform and slashing waste. But their plans contain contradictions that have yet to be resolved. How, for instance, can substant...

Did the Saudis Just End Syria Peace Hopes? - Simon Tisdall, The Guardian

If hardliners succeed in portraying Nimr’s execution as a deliberate, national provocation that must be forcefully avenged, hopes of Syrian peace this year could be seriously dam...

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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