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Discussions Discussion Global Geopolitics
Bedford Wells, Feb. 14, 2012

Could Saudi Arabia and Iran Soon Engage in a Nuclear Cold War?

The controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear program has one very important international dimension: What happens if Saudi Arabia carries out its assertion of going nuclear in response to Iran itself going nuclear? The implications are serious, because there would be little the West can do to affect the policy behaviour of a rich, oil-exporting country, let alone how it chooses to approach its relations with Iran.

For the wider region, a nuclear Iran and Saudi Arabia will certainly make Iraq, Syria, or Turkey think really hard about their relative positions. Already, Turkey is investing into building nuclear power stations, and this may translate into the militarization of nuclear energy within a decade.


Bedford Wells
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  • Maja A-Sweden Maja A-Sweden Feb. 15, 2012
    aaaaaah, Fox News… that explains all the paranoia.
    if Israel and Pakistan already have nuclear weapons, then why haven't they used them? Or at least, why haven't they showed them up, if only to threaten?
    With all the anciety going on around the Middle East, one would think that they'd use all of their arcenal to at least TRY and make peace…
    If Iran gets nuclear weapons it's most likely to come from Russia (whom already all too eagerly assists the middle east countries in their quest for fire arms), though I don't think that very likely, or they'll find some way to make them themselves.
  • Maja A-Sweden Maja A-Sweden Feb. 15, 2012
    what exactly does this have to do with potential nuclear wars?? O.o

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Discussions Discussion Global Geopolitics
Steurt Strickland, Dec. 23, 2011

Oil and geopolitics: a turbulent year, and no end in sight

Kazakhstan unrest — violence in the western city of Zhanaozen in which some 14 protesting oil workers were killed — caps an extraordinarily turbulent year in the world’s oil regions.

The distribution of power has been shaken up in the Magreb countries of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, and violence continues to threaten the rulers of Syria and Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is spending some $130 billion to stave off its own public dissatisfaction.

In Russia, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s seemingly unassailable hold on power has been challenged by a botched decision to return to the Kremlin, and a rigged parliamentary election.

All in all, the uprisings have helped to push annual average oil prices to their highest level in history, exceeding $100 a barrel.

Look for the global turbulence to continue well into next year… good analysis at the URL:


This week’s eyewitness video of police killing and beating of protesting Kazakhstan oil workers

Steurt Strickland

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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Marco Masoni, Sept. 25, 2011

An enlightened regime in Saudi Arabia?

Marco Masoni
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  • Henry Hamilton Henry Hamilton Sept. 26, 2011
    This is mind blowing news! The Arab Spring has truly been a wake up call to the Saudis and has forced the issue of securing basic civil rights for their citizens. But the road to democracy is long.
  • Camilla Pashar Camilla Pashar Sept. 26, 2011
    Saudi women have also been given the right to run in the next election. This decision covers the following: first, the right of women to become members in the Shura Council and secondly, the right of women to announce their candidacy to become members of the local municipality councils. But the devil may be in the details. What kind of activities, and what kind of delegations will be given to women who become members of the Shura and municipal councils. Will they be left in the shadows within these councils?

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