As we have learned this semester, the United States and Saudi Arabia have a long, and more often than not mutually beneficial relationship. While their neighbors in the region have criticized Saudi Arabia as being a “pet” of the US, the two countries have maintained friendly and close diplomatic and economic relations.
Last week, a Saudi/US business forum was hosted in Atlanta, in which plans were laid out for a $385billion US investment, which would contribute to education, oil and gas, infrastructure, petrochemicals, transportation, water and electricity, and information technology reforms and improvements within Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has recently been making changes to expand and diversify their economy, and move away from their dependence on oil.
This investment demonstrates the continued strength of US/Saudi relations and also demonstrates to the world that Saudi Arabia is a strategic “stable and reliable partner” for the United States.
With unemployment high and a young population observing the events unfolding in the Arab world around them, hopefully these reforms will seek to improve the outlook on the future for the young members of Saudi society.