Saudi Arabia: Shoring Up the Kingdom

Confidence has returned, but the Saudis must wrestle with change

There are few nations in the world whose stability and friendship are as important to the West and the U.S. in particular as Saudi Arabia, the desert kingdom that harbors nearly a quarter of the world's proven oil reserves and furnishes 20% of American crude oil imports. Its importance is matched only by its strategic vulnerability, but in recent months the Saudis have been taking strong measures to reinforce themselves. Among other things, they have been rushing the new Reagan Administration—successfully, it turns...

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