Islamic Relations

Where do the Saudis Stand?
08/12/2011

Where do the Saudis Stand?

When leaders, even leaders with whom it has had decent relations in the past, no longer can get the job done, the Saudis will help usher them out the door. They will deal with their successors in a pragmatic way.. ..They will oppose leaders and groups that they think are allied with Iran, whether it is Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Assad regime in Syria, or Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq. Their focus is on checking and rolling back Iranian influence in the Arab world. That is what drives their policy, not some imagined notion of anti-revolutionary dictatorial solidarity. Let’s understand Saudi regional policy for what it is.

A Saudi National Security Doctrine for the Next Decade
07/11/2011

A Saudi National Security Doctrine for the Next Decade

Early last month Prince Turki Al Faisal visited Royal Air Force Molesworth in the United Kingdom, a base which houses a joint intelligence center responsible for the European theater of operations. His remarks to American and British officials, dubbed a “Saudi National Security Doctrine for the Next Decade,” were summarized in several news reports that highlighted his comments about “squeezing” Tehran using oil production and the threat that Iranian acquisition of a nuclear weapon would lead to proliferation in the region, including Saudi Arabia. Prince Turki’s speech provided a much broader view of the region and the world from Riyadh’s perspective than has been commented upon in most news reports. SUSRIS has obtained a transcript of the Molesworth speech and provides it here for your consideration.

Opening the 64th United Nations General Assembly
09/26/2009

Opening the 64th United Nations General Assembly

This week world leaders were in New York City for the opening of the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Saudi Arabia was among the countries that participated in the UN festivities, as well as in the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh on Thursday and Friday. Saudi Arabia issued a statement that opened with congratulations to the incoming General Assembly President Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki of Libya.