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Saudi Arabia: The Ceaseless Quest for Security / Edition 1

Saudi Arabia: The Ceaseless Quest for Security / Edition 1

by Nadav Safran


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Combining vast scholarship and a deep understanding of Arab culture, Nadav Safran has written a sophisticated book about the politics of Saudi Arabia. In a narrative that emphasizes the Saudis' sense of the precariousness of their state and of their position in the Middle East, Safran demystifies the behavior of the Kingdom's rulers.

Security has long been the predominant concern of Saudi Arabia. In 1981, the Kingdom's defense and security budget was an immense $25 billion, the fourth largest in the world, after the United States, the Soviet Union, and China, and the highest in the world on a per capita basis. Safran traces the roots of Saudi preoccupation with security through half a century, discerning political struggles and policy differences in the Saud family and how they have affected the position of the country. His treatment provides an enlightening perspective on the interplay of the politics of the elite; shifting inter-Arab alignments and rivalries; war, revolution, and other cataclysmic events in the Persian Gulf; the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict; and the involvement of the United States in the Middle East.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801494840
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 01/12/1988
Series: Cornell Paperbacks Series
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.22(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nadav Safran is the Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle East Studies at Harvard University.

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Hermann Frederick Eilts

"An outstanding piece of scholarship. Professor Safran is a gifted, incisive analyst of the Middle East scene, as Saudi Arabia: The Ceaseless Quest for Security demonstrates. His prose is lucid and clear, the narrative flows logically, and the evidence is carefully marshaled. I believe that the book will be a major contribution to our understanding of Saudi Arabia."

Fouad Ajami

"Nadav Safran has written a landmark book on Saudi Arabia. It is one of those rare and important works that appear in a field of study once every so many years. Its mastery of detail is awesome. Its command over its subject is rare and reassuring."

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