Saudi Arabia

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    An Analysis of the Saudi Succession
    Lina Khatib January 25, 2015 Background Briefing with Ian Masters

    The succession in Saudi Arabia comes at a time when Saudi foreign policy seems to be collapsing all around the Kingdom.

  • Syria in Crisis
    The Regional Impact of Saudi Succession
    Lina Khatib January 23, 2015

    The current Saudi succession from King Abdullah to his half-brother Salman is not the most crucial—the one to follow is. Things might change once deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef gets closer to the top position in the Kingdom.

  • Syria in Crisis
    After King Abdullah, Continuity
    Frederic Wehrey January 23, 2015

    Despite the speculations over the effects of Saudi succession, the kingdom’s foreign policies are likely to remain unchanged and have been remarkably consistent since the reign of King Fahad bin Abdul Aziz.

  • Sada Discussion
    The Middle East’s Crude Reality
    Sada Debate January 22, 2015 عربي

    In the Middle East, producers are facing different effects of the recent drop in oil prices. Four oil experts explore the impact of falling prices on the economies of key regional producers.

  • Op-Ed
    The Saudi Regime May Seek Distance From ISIS, But Their Justice Systems Are Not Dissimilar
    Lina Khatib January 19, 2015 Independent عربي

    The public flogging of Raif Badawi has come at a critical time for the Kingdom, with many drawing parallels between the Islamic State’s brutality and law enforcement practices in Saudi Arabia.

  • Op-Ed
    The Great Game Folio: Saudi Succession
    C. Raja Mohan January 7, 2015 Indian Express

    As New Delhi turns to the Gulf in 2015 and tends to its high stakes in the region, an intensive engagement with Saudi Arabia must be at the top of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s diplomatic priorities.

  • Op-Ed
    Everyday Sectarianism: The Paradox of an Anti-Islamic State Ally
    Frederic Wehrey December 3, 2014 Foreign Policy عربي

    Saudi Arabia has institutionalized sectarianism in virtually every aspect of political, social, and economic life.

  • The Saudi Thermidor
    Frederic Wehrey December 1, 2014 Current History

    Dissatisfied with Washington, Riyadh has undertaken an activist strategy for restoring regional order—but its forceful interventions abroad mask a deep domestic malaise.

  • Syria in Crisis
    A New Deal in Yemen?
    Farea Al-Muslimi October 31, 2014 عربي

    By seizing Sanaa and its security apparatus, the Iran-linked Houthis have imposed a new political reality in Yemen. But to secure their influence, they will eventually need to seek accommodation with Saudi Arabia.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Brotherly Love in the GCC
    Suliman Al-Atiqi October 31, 2014 عربي

    Renewed high-level diplomatic activity between Qatar and Saudi Arabia may end their historic row as the GCC seeks policy alignment, particularly on security issues.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    An Analysis of the Saudi Succession
    Lina Khatib January 25, 2015 Background Briefing with Ian Masters

    The succession in Saudi Arabia comes at a time when Saudi foreign policy seems to be collapsing all around the Kingdom.

  • 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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.


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.

  • 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.


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