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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 3/21/2012
When brilliant prospect of recruitment of at least 8-10 million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia is at the focal point of countries like Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, there is surely huge fear for Bangladesh in getting a stake of this newer employment scopes to export 1-2 million new workers from the country.
Democracy and Women’s Rights: Saudi Style
Elie Elhadj, Ph.D. - 10/4/2011
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia granted Saudi women on September 25, 2011 the right to vote and to run as candidates in local municipal elections. The King also decided to appoint women to his Consultative Council.
Negotiating Climate Regime Change: The Case of Saudi Arabia
Norman K. Swazo, Ph.D. - 2/22/2011
The failure of parties at the December 2009 Copenhagen conference to secure a new treaty on global climate mitigation has elicited various reactions. Nearly 200 countries participating in the negotiations concluded by merely "taking note" of the Copenhagen Accord of December 18, 2009. Some have argued that the lack of a viable treaty at Copenhagen reflects the reality of "a world divided" about (a) the facts of climate change, (b) what count as legitimate mitigation actions, and (c) how obligations are to be distributed internationally.
Saudi Arabia and the Peace Process
Ted Belman - 5/6/2010
The trouble with the peace process is that it is rigged against Israel. It is a vehicle forced on her by the international community to enable it to impose its will on her.
It all started with UNSC Res 242 which established the principal of land for peace. Just how much land or peace, was not described. It was left to the parties to each cut a deal. This resolution in no way threatened Israel because she was left with a free hand to define what she considered to be...
Beheading In Saudi Arabia
Elias Bejjani - 4/1/2010
My letter that was sent yesterday to the Honorable, Mr. Lawrence Cannon, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding a desperate call to save the life of a Lebanese Citizen from being beheaded in Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Foreign Minister Explains the New Middle East
Prof. Barry Rubin - 3/10/2010
Here's today's evidence that we are now living in Middle East 2.0 instead of the old version.
Saudis Seek Illusory "Third Way" in Regional Diplomacy
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 1/18/2010
Syrian President Bashar Assad is reportedly scheduled to visit the Saudi capital Riyadh, where he is to meet with Saudi King Abdullah. The meeting is rumored to be a prelude to a three way summit also to involve Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The current round of talks is the latest stage in Syria's return from the cold in terms of its reintegration - on its own terms and with no concessions made - into the mainstream of Arab diplomacy. This process, in turn, is testimony to the current weakness of Saudi Arabia's position.
Trip by Saudi Royal Unlikely to Herald Radical Change
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 10/19/2009
The Syrian Al-Watan newspaper reported on Wednesday that a two-day visit by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz was due to begin that day. The talks, Al-Watan noted, would conclude with the signing of a joint agreement on the issue of taxes. This is what is known as setting a low bar for success. The editors of Al-Watan have good reason for their caution. Despite the great importance being attached by some regional analysts to the Saudi-Syria talks, they are unlikely to herald a fundamental shift in regional diplomacy.
Saudi Arabia's Agricultural Project: From Dust to Dust
Elie Elhadj, Ph.D. - 7/29/2008
Arid conditions have always prevented the development of any sizeable settled agricultural communities in the Arabian Desert. This article examines the events that led to and the lessons that may be drawn from a failed, politically determined economic and ecological policy created by poorly informed elite enjoying rentier economic circumstances. Beginning in the early 1980s, however, Saudi Arabia spent enormous amounts of money and exhausted massive volumes of water from mainly nonrenewable aquifers in an ostensible effort to achieve food self-sufficiency. On January 8, 2008, the Saudi governm...
The US should have invaded Saudi Arabia, not Iraq.
Ted Belman - 5/14/2008
The best response to 911 is still the matter of heated debate. Obama wants out of Iraq and into Afghanistan and wants Pakistan bombed. Democrats generally argue we should have stayed in that theater and not gone into Iraq and what they want to do now is correct the administrations mistake. Hillary shares this view except for the bombing of Pakistan.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia's new rendezvous
Iqbal Latif - 3/25/2008
Saudi Arabia is a land of predicament for Saudi women seeking opportunities but facing constraints. They are neither allowed to drive nor vote, but some good news has emerged. They can now stay at an all-woman’s hotel. Saudi Arabia recently opened its first hotel for females only. It is big news in a country where sensitivities about having male guides are so predominant that last year two Saudi clerics issued a fatwa forbidding women from accessing the Internet without the presence of a male guide. The hotel offers luxurious accommodation with a full-range of health and beauty care for ladies...
Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism and the Spread of Sunni Theofascism
Amb. Curtin Winsor, Ph.D. - 10/22/2007
The United States has largely eliminated the infrastructure and operational leadership of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network over the past five years. However, its ideological offspring continue to proliferate across the globe.
Fake Jihad - A New Term Coined By The Grand Mufti Of Saudi Arabia
Iqbal Latif - 7/22/2007
Two small words but a huge step forward emerging from the frozen barren intellectual landscape of Saudi Arabia. According to Orientalist Gilles Kepel, "fitna is sometimes translated by sedition, that is the fact that the Muslim community is fragmented because it has lost sense of proportions and realities, of maslaha, and that it is therefore delivered to the demons of extremism and is going towards its fall. It is the jihad which returns as a boomerang inside and weakens the community. The fitna is the ulemas' obsessive fear since Islam exist."
Iran-Saudi Arabian Embrace: A New Beginning?
Dilip Hiro - 3/16/2007
The US, struggling to control violence in Iraq, has ratcheted up its threat against neighboring Iran as a primary culprit. Longstanding US concerns about Iran defying the international community by developing nuclear weapons have recently been heightened by its accusation that the Islamic state has been supporting Shiite militias against Sunnis in Iraq’s ongoing civil war. Conservative US policymakers argue that the growing power of Iran threatens US allies like Saudi Arabia. Against this backdrop, an image of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Saudi King Abdullah embracing at a recent ...
Of Women and Wahhabism: The Strange Backwardness of Saudi Arabia
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 6/18/2006
Some four years ago, an all-girl’s school in the Saudi holy city of Mecca went ablaze in fire. The girls –– around 800 of them –– fled the building in a hastened frenzy. What a sight it must have been to see hundreds of young Saudi women escape a burning structure without the time or foresight to put on their headscarves and abayas… such a sight, indeed, that the kingdom’s religious police, the shadowy and much feared mutaween, attempted to keep the remaining girls inside the building. Fifteen of the girls died, not due to police negligence or desp ite police heroics, but due to a separate ...
Religious Freedom: A Saudi Taboo
Manuela Paraipan - 12/8/2005
The U.S. State Department, in a report released in November 2005, cites Saudi Arabia as restricting religious freedom. The situation did not improve much since last year, when the State Department reported that religious freedom was lacking in the Kingdom. The report stated, "Islam is the official religion and all citizens must be Muslims." Moreover, the state is imposing the Sunni version of Islam on all citizens, be they Shi'a Muslims or non-Muslims. However, the State Secretary Rice at the time refused to sanction Saudi Arabia, saying she wanted "to allow additional time for the continuation of discussions leading to progress on important religious freedom issues."
Oil Prices and Saudi Arabia: Interview with Matthew Simmons (Part 3)
Sean-Paul Kelley - 6/9/2005
Matthew R. Simmons founded Simmons & Company in 1974. The company's focus is on oil services, mergers and acquisitions, as well as bankruptcy workouts. In 1995, the company began providing "total energy services" to the industry. It has offices in Texas, Louisiana and Scotland, with 126 employees, including 76 professionals. This is Part 1 of the interview with Mr. Simmons on the energy policies of the George W. Bush Administration. You can find Part 1 Here and Part 2 Here.
Oil Prices and Saudi Arabia: Interview with Matthew Simmons (Part 2)
Sean-Paul Kelley - 6/8/2005
Matthew R. Simmons founded Simmons & Company in 1974. The company's focus is on oil services, mergers and acquisitions, as well as bankruptcy workouts. In 1995, the company began providing "total energy services" to the industry. It has offices in Texas, Louisiana and Scotland, with 126 employees, including 76 professionals. This is Part 2 of the interview with Mr. Simmons on the energy policies of the George W. Bush Administration. You can find Part 1 Here and Part 3 Here.
Oil Prices and Saudi Arabia: Interview with Matthew Simmons (Part 1)
Sean-Paul Kelley - 6/7/2005
Matthew R. Simmons founded Simmons & Company in 1974. The company's focus is on oil services, mergers and acquisitions, as well as bankruptcy workouts. In 1995, the company began providing "total energy services" to the industry. It has offices in Texas, Louisiana and Scotland, with 126 employees, including 76 professionals. This is Part 1 of the interview with Mr. Simmons on the energy policies of the George W. Bush Administration. You can find Part 2 Here and Part 3 Here .