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Saudi Arabia: National Security in a Troubled Region (Praeger Security International) Hardcover – September 3, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0313380761 ISBN-10: 0313380767

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• Draws on the author's unprecedented access to high-ranking Saudi officials

• Unravels the complex interrelationships of economic, political, religious, social, and military factors that drive Saudi security policy

• Examines Saudi security in the context of its surrounding states as well as from the United States' and Saudi perspectives

• Presents tables and charts with relevant economic, political, security, and public perception data

• Includes several chronologies focusing on the period from 1998 to present day

• Offers an exhaustive bibliography of nearly 450 references

"Cordesman (Center for Strategic and International Studies) reviews the national security policies, challenges, and resources of Saudi Arabia in a manner that will be familiar to those who have read previous of his books. He examines the current strategic dynamics concerning Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Israel, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France and conducts a survey of the Saudi national security and military organizations and assets. He further discusses the "uncertain threat" of Iran, the possibility of Saudi weapons of mass destruction, the activities of Saudi Arabia's internal security forces, and the Saudi approach to counterterrorism. Finally, he explores political, economic, religious, and educational factors of "soft" counterterrorism."


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Dominant oil producer … mutually beneficial strategic partner with the United States … location of the holiest places in Islam … home of Osama bin Laden and many of the 9/11 conspirators. Saudi Arabia is where so many crucial issues converge. With Islamic extremism a continual threat, the stabilization that Saudi Arabia brings to the region is more important than ever. And there is no better expert to explore the complexities of the Kingdom than Anthony Cordesman.


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Product Details

  • Series: Praeger Security International
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (September 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313380767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313380761
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,572,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeeSeeker on March 13, 2013
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There is no better book in English on the Saudi Arabian Military Forces and Strategic situation. The information in Cordesman's two volume set from 2002 is update and expanded. However, soem of Cordesman's facts about Saudi organizations are incorrect. It is impossible for a westerner to completely understand the Saudi situation.. However, for anyone working with the Saudi government particularly its military, I highly recommend this book and would give 4 1/2 stars if possible.
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