US Army chaplain prays toward Mecca, Saudi Arabia, photo: Lance Cheung/flickr
This week the ISN takes a closer look at the enormous challenges facing Saudi Arabia on both its domestic and foreign policy fronts. The world is watching to see how the Middle East’s largest country will address its internal discord, while jockeying for regional dominance in 2010 and beyond.
The ISN Special Report contains the following content:
- An Analysis by Dr Amnon Aran examines the challenges and opportunities of Saudi foreign policy, arguing that its promotion of the Middle East peace process could improve not only its geopolitical standing but wider regional stability.
- A Podcast interview with Toby Jones debunks some of the stereotypes about the country’s deep-seated political and religious conservatism to paint a more nuanced picture of a complex land.
- Security Watch stories about Saudi internet jihad, the country’s foreign relations from Iran to Yemen and much more.
- Publications housed in our Digital Library, including a recent US Congressional Research Service analysis of Saudi-US relations.
- Primary Resources, like the Saudi government’s “Initiatives and Actions to Combat Terrorism.”
- Links to relevant websites, among them the Saudi Woman’s Blog that deals with life and culture in the country from a woman’s perspective.
- Our IR Directory with relevant organizations, including the Ministry of Saudi Foreign Affairs and the Center for Contemporary Middle Eastern Countries.
Atatürk's deathbed at Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, courtesy of Serdar Gurbuz/flickr
This week the ISN explores the geopolitical implications of Turkey’s strategic location at the intersection of civilizations. For the first time since its Ottoman glory days, the country appears poised to capitalize on its position at the crossroads of East and West.
In this week’s Special Report:
- An Analysis by Philip McCrum examines Turkey’s rising geopolitical prowess on the regional and international stage.
- A Podcast interview with Dr Ali Tekin explores the political gravitas Turkey has gained through its status as a pipeline thoroughfare.
- Security Watch stories about a brewing military coup scandal, energy pipeline politics, regional relations and much more on Turkish current affairs.
- Publications housed in our Digital Library, including a recent Atlantic Community paper on how the US and EU are “Seizing Opportunities from Turkey’s Growing Influence”.
- Primary Resources, like the full text of Ataturk’s speech on the tenth anniversary of the Turkish republic.
- Links to relevant websites, among them the Central European Journal of International and Security Studies’ analysis of “Turkey’s Strategic Imperatives (2010-2012)”.
- Our IR Directory with relevant organizations, including the Turkish Statistical Institute.
photo: Emanuele / real desert storm / fotosensibile 2.0
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