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Jordan’s King Abdullah II (L), greets Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defence Mohammed bin Salman, at the Royal Palace in Amman, August 4, 2015 (photo: dpa)

Saudi Arabia considers how to recast foreign policy and rely less on US

Saudi Arabia’s relations with its Arab neighbours have been troubled since the state was founded in 1932. The kingdom’s territorial expansion, border disputes and export of Wahhabi Islam have all fed fears of Saudi political domination. Now that the decades-long alliance with Washington has cooled and the United States’ security umbrella has been at least partially withdrawn, Saudi diplomacy needs to be more active and focused on its own neighbourhood. Failure to do so would mean forfeiting claims to playing a leading role in resolving fundamental conflicts in the Middle East.

The upheavals witnessed in the Arab world since early 2011 have forced the leadership of Saudi Arabia to ret...

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Dr. Udo Steinbach
Relations between Saudi Arabia and its neighbours were plagued by political mistrust and border conflicts
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