All tagged Saudi Arabia

Creeping Corruption

Keeping a government functional enough to preserve legitimacy requires investment, monetary or otherwise, by powerful figures inside its demesne. Thus, while the public good is of at least nominal interest for all governments, every government requires keeping necessary private investors loyal to the structure made by the government…

Fall of Nineveh

One of these areas is the Middle East - a part of the world that has seen a significant amount of American investment in bullets, blood and greenbacks. As the United States tries to wrest its feet from the sandy morass that it dove into in response to the attacks of 9/11, local players are filling this vacuum with their own interests; these interests are extremely unlikely to coincide with American interests...