Saudi Arabia as a weak link

Posted on August 26, 2016, 4:06 pm
10 mins

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in dire straits, witnessing a boomerang effect of the aftermath of the Arab Spring which still polarizes and engulfs the MENA region.

Almost 2 years after the ascendant to the throne of the new King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the country is gradually becoming more autocratic, further interventionist and surely less secure in financial terms. Death sentences and public executions are increasing rapidly, as Amnesty International recently reported “Saudi Arabia will have put to death more than 100 people in the first six months of this year…..At least 94 people have been executed so far this year, higher than at the same point last year….At least 158 people were put to death in Saudi Arabia in 2015, the highest recorded figure in the country”.

The rising trend for executions is inexorably related to the fallout of Saudi’s involvement in the Syria/Libya/Iraqi battlefields where it promoted all sorts of Jihadist and extremist factions that are now in the losing side. Moreover its involvement in the Yemenite war further increases totalitarian tendencies in Riyadh, which consequently fears a domestic backlash.

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Political & Security Analyst-Consultant Ioannis Michaletos is an associate of the Institute for Defense & Security Analysis and the Mediterranean Center For Strategic Analysis and Intelligence in Athens, Greece. He is a political and security consultant for the IHS Jane’s Information Group and a Southeast European correspondent for the European Oil & Gas Monitor and the European Energy Review. He is an author and research coordinator for the Balkanalysis regional media service. Mr. Michaletos leads the Southeast European office of the World Security Network Foundation, contributes to the BRIGHT magazine in issues of Balkan organized crime, and is a member of the FLARE network (European network of civil society against transnational organized crime).