Saudi Arabia

Why the U.S. Should Maintain a Close Partnership with Saudi Arabia

By: William Inboden

In April, President Barack Obama headed to Riyadh as the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia approached one of its lowest points since World War II. The Saudis regard current American policies in the region as disengaged, erratic, and overly solicitous of Iran. On the other hand, the Obama administration sees Riyadh as backward, parochial, and unhelpfully opposed to the Iran nuclear deal.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/30/why-the-us-should-maintain-a-close-partnership-with-saudi-arabia

Saudi Arabia Executes a Sheikh and Exacerbates Religious Intolerance

By: William Inboden

As the Middle East enters its sixth year of unrelenting turmoil, this past weekend witnessed an ominous escalation of sectarian tensions. It began with Saudi Arabia’s execution on Friday of Shi’ite leader Sheikh Nimr al Nimr, followed by Iran’s retaliatory attacks on Saudi diplomatic properties, and then a war of words and the termination of diplomatic relations between the region’s paramount Sunni and Shi'a nations. 

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/26/saudi-arabia-executes-a-sheikh-and-exacerbates-religious-intolerance