The Emerging Saudi Arabia Foreign Policy In The Middle East

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mideast Upheavals Open Doors For Saudi Strategies -- New York Times/AP

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is getting bolder in its strategy for dealing with the Middle East's uprisings. No longer waiting for Washington's cue, the kingdom is aggressively trying to influence the regional turmoil and boost its two goals — protect fellow royal houses and isolate its rival, Iran.

The more decisive policies by King Abdullah were on full display this week as he took the lead among Arab nations by yanking his ambassador from Syria and demanding an "end to the killing machine" of President Bashar Assad's regime in a startlingly strong condemnation of Damascus' bloody suppression of protesters.

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My Comment:
The Saudis have no choice. With the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq and the decline of U.S. influence elsewhere in the Middle East, the Saudis are now stepping into this void.Will they be successful .... only time will tell.

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