Analysis

Importance of Economic Diversification for Saudi Arabia
2012 | 06/20/2012

Importance of Economic Diversification for Saudi Arabia

In the context of a difficult global market, with oil prices dropping, Saudi Arabia has become increasingly exposed due to the limited structure of its economy. Economic diversification will be necessary to ensure the future stability of the Saudi economy. Fortunately, the country demonstrates high potential in a number of sectors, which could be developed to protect the country from future shocks in the oil market.

Unrest in the Gulf – Chatham House View
Analysis | 03/04/2011

Unrest in the Gulf – Chatham House View

The London think tank Chatham House published a report on Unrest in the Gulf featuring Senior Research Fellow Jane Kinninmont, who provided an overview of the effects of the Arab awakening among Gulf states. She described UK interests and relations with the GCC including British PM David Cameron’s recent visit which highlighted the Gulf’s importance as “providers of energy and portfolio investment, as well as destinations for British exports and direct investment.”

Uprising in Egypt: Implications for Saudi Arabia – Lippman
Analysis | 02/02/2011

Uprising in Egypt: Implications for Saudi Arabia – Lippman

Saudi Arabia is among the many countries with a lot at stake in Egypt. The emergence of a radical regime from the wreckage of the Mubarak era —whether religious or, less likely, extreme populist – would certainly be troublesome for the Kingdom. A complete state failure, Somalia-style, would be even more dangerous. So far, however, there is not much reason to believe that the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia portend similar developments in Saudi Arabia, where the political and popular environment is quite different.

The GCC Summit in Perspective: A Conversation with John Duke Anthony
Analysis | 12/09/2010

The GCC Summit in Perspective: A Conversation with John Duke Anthony

The most recent annual gathering of the highest ranking decision makers and policymakers of the six GCC countries — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates — convened at a time of unusual international interest in what was examined most and what transpired. Like all the previous GCC summits dating from the founding one in 1981, which also took place in Abu Dhabi as did this year’s summit, a broad spectrum of issues was covered.

"A New Beginning" – Obama's Cairo Speech One Year Later
Analysis | 06/01/2010

"A New Beginning" – Obama's Cairo Speech One Year Later

This week marks the first anniversary of President Barack Obama’s speech to the Muslim world in Cairo where he sought “to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”