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Saudi Arabia: The Ceaseless Quest For Security
Saudi Arabia: The Ceaseless Quest For Security
By Nadav Safran
Belknap/Harvard University Press, 1985, 524 pp

A Harvard scholar, with an impressive research effort, traces Saudi Arabia's foreign relations and security policies from the founding of the modern kingdom by Ibn Saud to the accession of the present king. Some who take a more optimistic view of Saudi Arabia's position and the future of U.S.-Saudi relations may quarrel with Safran's bearish conclusions, but his theme of the Saudi rulers' obsession with the need for security and for Arab consensus-theirs being a fabulously rich country with very limited military power and many actual and potential enemies-is not likely to be disproved. The book also has many merits as a reference and for university use.