Thu December 6, 2012
Saudi Arabia: The Next Arab Tinderbox?
Saudi Arabia remains one of the last absolute monarchies in world. The royal family maintains control over the religion — and the billions of dollars in oil reserves.
This, coupled with a culture weary of outsiders, made reporting on the country tough for Karen Elliot. But after years of on-the-ground-research she produced a landmark book entitled, “On Saudi Arabia: It’s people, past, religion, fault-lines — and future.”
The New York Times called it one of the best 100 books of the year.
Speaking with WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian, Karen Elliot said understanding Saudi Arabia means understanding the royal family, The Al Sauds, and their relationship to the religious leaders. Take a listen.
But understanding if Saudi Arabia will become the next Syria or Libya is a more complicated issue.