Saudi Arabia

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    What’s Behind the Widening Division Between U.S. and Saudi Arabia?
    Frederic Wehrey March 28, 2014 PBS Newshour

    The discord between Saudi Arabia and the United States stems from a series of disagreements about the way the Middle East is unfolding, including in Iran, Syria, and Egypt.

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    On Libya and Saudi Arabia
    Frederic Wehrey June 8, 2013 VOA Press Conference

    Post-Qaddafi Libya faces a number of significant challenges as it struggles to rein in militias and build political, economic, and security institutions.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal and Iran
    Karim Sadjadpour December 30, 2011 NPR's All Things Considered

    Washington’s announcement of a massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia has further exacerbated tensions with Iran and has led Tehran to threaten to close the strategically important Straits of Hormuz.

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    Foiled Iranian Death Plot Reads Like A Spy Novel
    Karim Sadjadpour October 13, 2011 NPR

    The alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, while inconsistent with past Iranian actions, could have been driven by regional rivalries between Tehran and Riyadh.

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    Rights for Saudi Women
    Marina Ottaway October 3, 2011 Kojo Nnamdi Show

    Despite King Abdullah's initiative to allow women to vote and run for office in the 2015 municipal elections, many Saudis still feel change will continue to be slow to come to Saudi Arabia.

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    Could Saudi Women's Driving Protest Usher in Social Reforms?
    Michele Dunne June 17, 2011 PBS Newshour

    The protests by several Saudi Arabian women against the ban on female drivers could help usher in a number of social reforms in the kingdom.

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    The United States, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring
    Christopher Boucek June 8, 2011 Diane Rehm Show

    The Arab Spring is causing tension in the close relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. There is a growing sense in Riyadh that Saudi and U.S. national security interests may be increasingly divergent.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Al Qaeda in 2010
    Christopher Boucek January 5, 2010 The Diane Rehm Show

    The resurgence of al-Qaeda in Yemen and around the world demands a comprehensive counterterrorism approach. In order to combat al-Qaeda and similar groups, the international community must focus on capacity building in weak states and de-radicalization programs.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Saudi Detainee-Rehab Program Mostly Successful
    Christopher Boucek December 31, 2009 NPR's All Things Considered

    Saudi Arabia's rehabilitation program for former detainees at Guantanamo Bay includes religious dialogue and relies heavily on families of the former detainees. To date, the program has had a success rate of about 80 percent.

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    Saudi Arabia's Political Dilemma
    Christopher Boucek December 3, 2009 Al Jazeera's Riz Khan Show

    Saudi Arabia’s biggest internal challenge continues to be reconciling its conservative, religious identity with the politics of the modern world; while it grapples with fundamental political questions regarding religion and state, it must also deal with regional challenges that threaten its security.


Carnegie Guide to the Saudi Eleven

Carnegie Experts on Saudi Arabia

  • Shahram Chubin
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Chubin, who is based in Geneva, focuses his research on nonproliferation, terrorism, and Middle East security issues. He was director of studies at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland, from 1996 to 2009.

  • Oz Hassan
    Visiting Scholar
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program

    Hassan is one of the United Kingdom’s foremost authorities on democracy promotion and democracy assistance programs and a leading scholar on U.S. foreign policy.

  • Lina Khatib
    Middle East Center

    Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

  • Renad Mansour
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Mansour is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on Iraq, Iran, and Kurdish affairs.

  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

  • Frederic Wehrey
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Wehrey’s research focuses on political reform and security issues in the Arab Gulf states, Libya, and U.S. policy in the Middle East more broadly. He was previously a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation.


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