Saudi Arabia: surrounded by instability
4 October 2016
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Saudi Arabia’s role in Middle East instability
Over the past two years, Saudi Arabia has rejoined the premier league of global geopolitics. But the kingdom is in conflict on all fronts. Economically, it is waging a “petro war,” starting a contest of wills with not just the United States, but also Canada, Iran and Russia. Militarily, the ...
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