The article analyzes the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, from the diplomatic meeting of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud in 1945 to the aftermath of the Iraq War. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which were organized and perpetrated primarily by Saudi Arabians, are also discussed. Factors which have led the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to cultivate close ties, and other factors which have led to hostility between the two nations, are analyzed. Issues involving the petroleum industry and the Israeli-Arab conflict are addressed in this context.
Monthly Archives: March 2010
The Arab world today is ruled by contradiction. Turmoil and stagnation prevail, as colossal wealth and hypermodern cities collide with mass illiteracy and rage-filled imams. In this new diversity may lie disaster, or the makings of a better Arab future.
Islamists in Algeria are in turmoil over whether to continue participating in politics.