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The strategic implications of the $60bn Saudi arms deal

more On Saudi Arabia's national day on September 22, 2010, the Obama administration praised "King Abdullah’s leadership on key challenges," which "has put Saudi Arabia and the region on a path towards a stronger, more prosperous, and more secure future," In line with her saying "I think it is so self-evident but bears repeating that Saudi Arabia has been a close friend and ally of the United States for many years," while her counterpart Prince Saud Al-Faisal was visiting Washington DC on July 31, 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warmly welcomed "King Abdullah's steadfast support for the Arab Peace Initiative," as a groundbreaking and far-sighted decision. The United States and Saudi Arabia established...

Consensus rule is at the center of global Disarmement's stalemate

more "Continued stalemate at the Conference on Disarmament sticks out like a sore thumb," Gary Samore, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for Arms Control, told a UN High Level Meeting on Revitalizing the Work of the Conference on Disarmament...

Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands incident raised concern about China's strategy in Asia

more The captain of a Chinese fishing vessel, Zhan Qixiong, and 14 fishermen on board were detained by the Japanese coast guard earlier this month after their boat collided with the Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel Yonakuni on September 7, 2010. The next day, Assistant Foreign...

The strategic implications of the $60bn Saudi arms deal (part 2)

more It would also be a way to reassure Saudi Arabia, showing that equipped with such a military arsenal, a few Iranian nukes couldn't really threaten the Kingdom. In short, it's somehow making the acquisition of these weapons a tacit renunciation from Riyadh to develop a nuclear...

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