Global Security Watch—Saudi Arabia

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ABC-CLIO, Oct 7, 2014 - History - 215 pages
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As possessor of a quarter of the world's oil reserves and host to two of the holiest cities in Islam, Saudi Arabia is an integral part of the cultural, economic, and political well-being of the Middle East. From Persian Gulf security, to Middle Eastern politics, to the international energy industry, events in this desert kingdom strongly impact the stability of the region. This comprehensive resource analyzes contemporary Saudi Arabia—its modern history, the role of Islam, and the nature of Saudi foreign relations—and reveals how these and other factors dictate and shape the country's current security policies and priorities.

Middle East expert and author Mathew Gray has organized the work into six sections: the first provides an historical overview of the region from the mid-1700s to the 1980s; the second explores the Saudi political and security system; the third discusses Saudi-U.S. relations; the fourth looks at Saudi relations with the Gulf region and the wider Middle East; and the fifth considers Saudi Arabia's role in Sunni extremism and terrorism. The final chapter looks at emerging security threats for Saudi Arabia. The book includes an overview of future challenges and risks including climate change, water shortages, and problems of Saudi identity and social dispersion.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Creation and Development of Modern Saudi Arabia
1
Chapter 2 The Saudi Political Economic and Military System
29
Chapter 3 The SaudiUS Relationship
59
Chapter 4 Saudi Arabia and the Region
87
Chapter 5 Saudi Arabia Islamism and Sunni Extremism
115
Chapter 6 Emerging Strategic and Security Issues
145
Biographies
179
Chronology
183
Glossary
189
Bibliography
195
Index
203
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Matthew Gray, PhD, is associate professor at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at The Australian National University.

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