Saudi Perceptions of the International Environment,
DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF EXTERNAL RESEARCH
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Saudi Arabia enters the 1980s with unprecedented wealth and international prestige. This does not, however, produce a sense of real power or security on the part of Saudi rulers. The reasons are several In terms of population and military might, Saudi Arabia remains a small power by Middle East standards. Regional instability threatens Saudi Arabia directly and indirectly. The US-Saudi relationship, long relied upon by Saudi leaders to enhance the KIngdoms security, is being called into question. The Soviet Union is developing positions of strength around Saudi Arabia--Afghanistan, South Yemen, Ethiopia, as well as Libya and Syria.
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