SUSRIS 2009 Annual Summary

Published: January 1, 2010

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Editor’s Note:

As we turn the page to SUSRIS’ eighth year as the chronicle of developments in the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia we would like to thank you for your interest and support. 2009 added an important new chapter in the generations-old connections between Americans and Saudis as the two countries worked together across the spectrum of mutual interests and issues including regional security, trade and investment, economic development, countering terrorism, bolstering reform and much more.

We appreciate that you include SUSRIS among your resources to keep up with these developments. This year we have added important new insights to the inventory of articles, interviews and special reports from the regional impact of Israel’s military attacks in Gaza in January; through the introduction of a new American President, advances in reform of social, political and economic structures in the Kingdom; down through the emerging threats against American and Saudi interests emanating from Yemen from terrorism and insurgency; plus much more.

SUSRIS has been on top of coverage of developments beyond day to day reports of interest to you. In addition to the regular articles and interviews we were pleased to provide on-scene coverage of key events such as last spring’s Washington conference on US-Saudi relations sponsored by the Committee on International Trade and the New America Foundation [“U.S.-Saudi Relations in a World Without Equilibrium”]; reporting from the Group of Twenty (G-20) Summit in Pittsburgh, which included the United States and Saudi Arabia among the G-20 countries denoted as the “premier forum for international economic cooperation,” the Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference and capping the year’s conference agenda with reporting from the Arab Global Forum.

This year SUSRIS also introduced a new venue for you to add to your information resources, the SUSRIS Blog. Through the Blog you can access reports on fast developing stories, videos, photos, tips to other online materials and much more. It also provides a venue for you to contribute your perspectives and insights on developments in the Saudi-US relationship through the comments section tied to every posting. We hope you will take a look at the SUSRIS Blog if you haven’t already and, as with every aspect of SUSRIS coverage, we hope you’ll share your feedback on how we can improve to meet your information needs. [ ]

Today we are pleased to provide a table of 2009 resources that were produced for you by SUSRIS on the many issues of importance in Saudi-U.S. relations. A quick scan of the list of special sections,articles, interviews, special reports and Blog postings will give you a snapshot of the year’s developments. Take some time to drill down into the stories that are important to you.

SUSRIS Special Sections 2009
SUSRIS 2009 Index of Articles, Interviews and Special Reports