In the gulf, Saudi Arabia has a rocky relationship with its neighbors. It’s seen as the giant that’s difficult to please. If a bridge, a road or pipe has to go through Saudi then the other smaller gulf countries will think twice before proceeding. A recent gas pipeline from
But worst of all for the Saudis,
Globally Saudi relationship with the
Then there is the question of succession. In Saudi the rule is passed between brothers, the founding father of Saudi had about 45 sons. The Al-Saud family is over 7000 and already crowd the Saudi officialdom. King Abdulla is in his 80s and so is his immediate successor. There is also the aspiring second generation, a whooping 150 senior officials already in their 60s and 70s.
It will be interesting to watch how the ruling Al-Saud family will respond to these challenges. What - if any – political reforms will they make? What policies would they adapt to improve the economy and create jobs? Will they continue to keep distance from Iraqi government or get involved? How will they contain
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