Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia in Transition and Foreign Policy


As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to boldly transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation. At the same time, many countries such as the U.S. point out the lack of democracy, women’s rights and human rights in Saudi Arabia, and blame its promotion of Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam, for creating jihadists. Bipartisan criticism of Saudi Arabia is rising in Congress. Both countries need each other, but they are at a crossroads in bilateral relations.[1]


See Also

  • International Organization
  • Foreign Relations
  • Intergovernmental Organization
  • Regional Organization
  • Regional Integration

Saudi Arabia Development: an example

In the mid-1970’s the Saudi government began a strong effort to have its own milk dairies, and overcame tremendous natural hurdles, including oppressive heat and lack of water to launch what is considered the largest integrated dairy farm in the world. Although the land cannot naturally provide feed for the cows, through huge financial investments and technological advances, the farm grows its own hay, processes the milk itself, and distributes the milk products to stores across the country. The dairies are now able to provide 60 percent of the country’s demand, and produce revenues up to $1.6 billion each year. Saudi Arabia’s innovative dairy demonstrates the importance of both Sachs and Shabsigh’s presentations. The creation of such a large dairy farm in an area of the world that is one of the least conducive to such an industry would not have been possible without the immense financial assets of the Saudi government. Sachs would argue that regions exist that lack the financial resources of the Saudi government and still face similar ecological conditions that prohibit the production of even more essential resources than dairy products. Additionally, the ability of Western countries to produce dairy products with far cheaper methods and much less technological innovations allows them to invest resources to other industries. On the other hand, Shabsigh would see the dairies as a clear illustration of how a region can use its resources more efficiently to overcome natural barriers. The arguments of both scholars are needed to implement an effective policy to promote economic development in the Muslim world. While there are certain mutually exclusive arguments that require further research, such as the role of institutions in the Islamic world, but there is significant overlap as well. An effective policy should take geographical and ecological differences into serious consideration while attempting to use available resources in a more efficient manner. Implementing such a policy will hopefully reawaken the Islamic empire, and allow it to contribute to the world as it once upon a time so impressively had.


Notes and References

1. Source: the Foreign Policy Association.

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Hierarchical Display of Saudi Arabia

Geography > Economic geography > GCC countries

Saudi Arabia

Concept of Saudi Arabia

See the dictionary definition of Saudi Arabia.

Characteristics of Saudi Arabia

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Translation of Saudi Arabia

Thesaurus of Saudi Arabia

Geography > Economic geography > GCC countries > Saudi Arabia

See also

  • Fat
  • Fatty substance
  • Building development
  • Property developer
  • Kingdom of Bahrain
  • United Arab Emirates countries
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


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