Saudi Arabia

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Mr. Erdogan Goes to Jeddah, With Brotherly, Neo-Ottoman Hat in Hand

The visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Saudi Arabia underscores the continuing broader realignment among regional rivals.

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“Jeddah Central” at a Crossroads: Development in an Age of People-Centered Urbanism

Still in its early stages, Jeddah Central can build on lessons from other urban renewal projects to focus on inclusive urban development to benefit all people rather than simply a select few.

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Ramadan Series Tackle Women’s Issues and Religion

Ramadan has always been an opportunity to introduce new ideas to nudge viewers’ reactions; this year’s series are generating much-needed discussion on women’s issues.

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World Defense Show Reflects Saudi Arabia’s Critical Juncture

This first World Defense Show in Riyadh captured a moment in time when the kingdom’s economy, its international relations, and particularly its strategic relationship with the United States all seem to be at a turning point.

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A New Virtual Reality: The Growth of Esports and Gaming in Saudi Arabia

Beyond paying economic dividends, there are social and cultural interests at play in the Saudi gaming industry.

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Unexplored Potential in Azerbaijan-Gulf Relations

Azerbaijan’s biggest trade partners in the region, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, have shared economic interests in establishing new trade links, but they also share common threat perceptions regarding Iran and radicalism.

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Why U.S. Pressure was Needed to Get Israel and Gulf States to Condemn Russia

Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE sought to protect ties with Moscow and strategic diversification but underestimated the cost.

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The Saudi “Founding Day” and the Death of Wahhabism

Saudi Arabia’s “Founding Day” signifies a radical break with the Wahhabi political influence that had legitimized the Saudi political projects since 1744.

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Tourism Ambitions Transform Saudi Arabia

The global opening and new embrace of arts and entertainment are indicative of broader trends as the kingdom navigates its "post-oil" future.

Workshop – Arab Shia Communities in Transition: A Peacemaking Opportunity for the International Community?

AGSIW and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung co-hosted a workshop on Shia communities in Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.

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