Saudi Arabia Enters the Twenty-first Century: The political, foreign policy, economic, and energy dimensions, Volumen 2

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - 588 páginas

As the world carefully monitors tensions in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia increasingly finds itself the center of political scrutiny in both its internal and external relations. With its military capabilities largely dependent upon the United States and other Western forces, Saudi Arabia cannot concentrate on internal change at the expense of external security. This study looks beyond a narrow definition of political stability to examine the implications of Saudi Arabia's changes in external relations with Iran and Iraq, as well as its cooperation with the other Southern Gulf States. Cordesman explores the issue of succession in the Royal Family, the immediate political probabilities, and the generational changes that are occurring.

Growing uncertainties in the world energy market continue to impact nearly every facet of the Saudi economy. Saudi Arabia faces ongoing demographic problems, as well as a need to diversify and restructure its economy. The Kingdom must find a way to adapt its traditional culture, religious customs, education, and political structure to the needs of a modern nation. Such change will come neither quickly nor easily. And with King Fahd's health in question and Crown Prince Abdullah already in his mid-seventies, major questions remain as to how the regime's future will ultimately affect the delicate balance in the entire region.

 

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Índice

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Foreign Relations and External Security
41
Chapter 3 Politics and Internal Stability
131
Chapter 4 Opposition and Islamic Extremism
161
Chapter 5 Economic Demographic and Social Challenges
229
Chapter 6 Building True Wealth versus Overdependence on Petroleum and the State
317
Chapter 7 Shaping the Future of the Saudi Petroleum Sector
463
Key Conclusions
551
Bibliography
561
Index
571
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ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN is ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN is a Senior Fellow and the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a military analyst for ABC News. The author of numerous books on Middle Eastern security issues, he has served in senior positions in the office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of Energy, State Department, NATO, and the U.S. Senate.

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