2012

Investments in the Saudi Industrial Sector
2012 | 12/28/2012

Investments in the Saudi Industrial Sector

This week Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah emphasized the government’s efforts to strengthen the country’s industrial sector by offering incentives to Saudi and foreign investors during a visit to Riyadh’s Second Industrial City, according to an Arab News report. “..“The Kingdom’s industrial cities are attracting leading projects in various fields. There is a substantial increase in industrial investment as a result of government support,” the minister said after launching a number of projects in the Second Industrial City in Riyadh..”

General Norman Schwarzkopf (1934-2012)
2012 | 12/28/2012

General Norman Schwarzkopf (1934-2012)

U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the military coalition that defended Saudi Arabia from Iraqi aggression in 1990 and went on to drive Saddam Hussein’s forces from occupied Kuwait in 1991, died yesterday at age 78 in Tampa, Florida. Schwarzkopf served as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Central Command — responsible for US military operations in the Arabian Peninsula and the wider region — from 1988 through 1991. In August 1990 Iraqi armed forces invaded and occupied Kuwait and posed a threat to the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Schwarzkopf led the 36 country international military coalition, including half a million American service men and women, that deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield, to limit Iraqi aggression, and then in January 1991 Operation Desert Storm, which reversed the occupation and drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.

Road to Peace: From Riyadh to Vienna – Mulhim
2012 | 12/27/2012

Road to Peace: From Riyadh to Vienna – Mulhim

About a year ago, I wrote an article in Arab News titled “A Muslim in a Church and a Jew in a Mosque.” In the article I gave three real life examples of how people from different faiths can easily communicate and put hands together. And there are many examples that we see and hear about every day where many people from different faiths and religions have lived side by side and helped each other in time of need. At the same time, there are places where prejudice still exists and there is no respect for the human beings based on judgment of your faith. The price for this was catastrophic.

Analysis | The GCC, A Future in Doubt? – Koch
2012 | 12/26/2012

Analysis | The GCC, A Future in Doubt? – Koch

In the year since the Riyadh summit the official public conversation about a Gulf Union has been low key with the “specialized commission” and subsequent ministerial sessions unable to announce consensus on the outlines of a “single entity” or a timeline for moving to its achievement. At this year’s Supreme Council, held this week in Bahrain, the GCC leaders talked a great deal about coordination and integration. The communique from the so-called “Sakhir Summit”, named after the Bahrain venue, emphasized defense and economic cooperation, especially the ongoing quest for “the timetable for the establishment of the Gulf common market and working to remove impediments to the application of the Customs Union.” However, there was little evidence of progress on a Gulf union.

33rd GCC Supreme Council Press Conference
2012 | 12/25/2012

33rd GCC Supreme Council Press Conference

Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Dr. Abdulatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani and Bahrain Foreign Minister Skeikh Khalid Al Khalifa discussed the outcome of the annual summit of Gulf leaders with the press on December 25, 2012. The two-day Supreme Council session, dubbed the Sakhir Summit after the palace where it was held in Bahrain, brought together the heads of state or representatives from Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE. Crown Prince Salman led the Saudi Arabian delegation along with Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal.

33rd GCC Supreme Council, the Sakhir Summit, Concludes
2012 | 12/25/2012

33rd GCC Supreme Council, the Sakhir Summit, Concludes

The leaders and representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the UAE – met in the 33rd Supreme Council at the Sakhir Palace in Bahrain on December 24-25, 2012. This special report provides an overview of the GCC Supreme Council meeting published by the Saudi Press Agency including the “Sakhir Declaration” and the message sent from Saudi Crown Prince Salman to King Hamad of Bahrain. Additional reporting on the summit will be provided by SUSRIS in separate items. Background and context on the GCC summits is provided through the extensive collection of SUSRIS articles, interview, special reports and special sections at the end of this report.