Is Saudi Arabia on the edge?
August 5, 2012
Commentary by: David Ignatius, Future of Diplomacy Project fellow
Topic: Saudi Arabia
“By appointing Prince Bandar bin Sultan as its new intelligence chief, Saudi Arabia has installed what looks like a war cabinet at a time of rising tensions with Iran and growing internal dissent from its Shiite minority.
The Saudis have also heightened their alert level in other ways to prepare for possible regional conflict. Some Saudi military and security personnel were mobilized last month — called back from summer leave or told to cancel planned vacations. One explanation of the mobilization making the rounds in Riyadh is that the Saudis expected that Turkey might retaliate against Syria for the shoot-down of one of its fighters in late June.”
Ignatius also wrote “In Afghanistan, soccer or civil war?” for the Washington Post on August 3, 2012.