Saudi Arabia Enters the 21st Century

Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - 588 sider

With the eyes of the world carefully monitoring tensions in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia has increasingly found itself at the center of political scrutiny in its internal and external relations. With its military capabilities largely dependent upon the United States and other Western forces, Saudi Arabia cannot concentrate on internal change at the expense of external security. At the same time, growing uncertainties in the world energy market continue to have an impact upon nearly every facet of the Saudi economy. With King Fahd's health in question, and Crown Prince Abdullah already in his mid-seventies, the world ponders how future changes in the regime will affect the delicate balance in the region.

This study looks beyond a narrow definition of political stability to examine the implications of the changes in Saudi external relations with Iran and Iraq, as well as cooperation with the other Southern Gulf States. It explores the succession issue in the Royal Family, the immediate political probabilities, and the generational changes that are occurring. Saudi Arabia faces ongoing demographic problems, as well as the need to diversify and restructure its economy. The Kingdom must find a way to adapt its traditional culture, religious customs, education, and political structure to the needs of a modern nation. Such change will come neither quickly nor easily.


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Chapter 1 Saudi Strategic Challenges
Chapter 2 Saudi Military Leadership Organization and Manpower
Chapter 3 Saudi Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers
Chapter 4 The Saudi Army
Chapter 5 The Saudi National Guard
Chapter 6 The Saudi Navy
Chapter 7 The Saudi Air Force
Chapter 8 The Saudi Air Defense Force
Chapter 9 Saudi Paramilitary and Internal Security Forces
Chapter 10 Proliferation and Saudi Missile Capabilities
Chapter 11 Saudi Arabian Security at the Start of the TwentyFirst Century

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ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN is Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a military analyst for ABC News. A frequent commentator on National Public Radio, he is the author of numerous books on security issues and has served in a number of senior positions in the US government.

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