Suudi Arabistan 2011

Ataman, Muhittin; Demir, Gülşah Neslihan
November 2011
Middle East Yearbook / Ortadoğu Yıllığı;2011, p185
Academic Journal
This study covers the analysis of Saudi Arabian domestic and foreign policy developments in 2011, the year in which the effects of the Arab uprisings swept the whole region. The reform process started after the King Abdullah came to power in 2005-gained momentum and a multidimensional character. The right of suffrage and also the right of being full member of Shura Council were given to women. Opposition groups like Shi'as, Islamist and liberals tried to organize in order to achieve more rights and more participation; but they were oppressed by the regime. The Saudi regime expanded domestic and foreign aids in order to prevent the wave of the Arab uprising to the country. Saudi economy depends on oil and natural gas revenues and the government took steps to diversify sources of income and energy. In foreign policy, Saudi Arabia has followed active policy towards Yemen, Bahrain and Syria, and took a stance towards Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Saudi Arabia also tried to bolster relations with China, Pakistan and Turkey in order not to be fully dependent to the USA.


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