Turki bin Faisal al-Saud

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La pregunta más importante para la diplomacia mundial, a días de que comience 2014, es esta: ¿cambió Irán? Tras resultar electo en junio, el nuevo presidente de Irán, Hasán Ruhaní, ha dado señales de una postura más moderada en lo que atañe a las relaciones de su país con el resto del mundo. Pero se impone la cautela, ahora y en los años que vendrán. El país, segundo productor de petróleo del mundo y autoproclamado líder del Islam shiíta y de los revolucionarios musulmanes antioccidentales dondequiera que estén, sigue siendo un peligro, no sólo para Arabia Saudita, sino también para la paz y la estabilidad dentro y fuera de Medio Oriente.…  Seguir leyendo »

Ninguna cuestión en el mundo hoy tiene una importancia inmediata mayor que la necesidad de poner fin a la guerra civil en Siria. Los últimos dos años y medio han sido un desastre para la paz, la estabilidad y nuestra sensación de humanidad común. Imágenes angustiantes de una violencia indescriptible e indiscriminada contra civiles han sacudido al mundo. De acuerdo con las últimas estimaciones de las Naciones Unidas, más de 100.000 sirios, entre ellos muchos niños, han perdido la vida como resultado del comportamiento criminal del régimen de Bashar al-Assad.

Hoy hay más de dos millones de refugiados sirios en los países vecinos y más de cuatro millones de personas desplazadas dentro de Siria.…  Seguir leyendo »

The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world. If it does not, American influence will decline further, Israeli security will be undermined and Iran will be empowered, increasing the chances of another war in the region.

Moreover, Saudi Arabia would no longer be able to cooperate with America in the same way it historically has. With most of the Arab world in upheaval, the “special relationship” between Saudi Arabia and the United States would increasingly be seen as toxic by the vast majority of Arabs and Muslims, who demand justice for the Palestinian people.…  Seguir leyendo »

President Obama gave a rousing call to action in his controversial speech last month, admonishing Arab governments to embrace democracy and provide freedom to their populations. We in Saudi Arabia, although not cited, took his call seriously. We noted, however, that he conspicuously failed to demand the same rights to self-determination for Palestinians — despite the occupation of their territory by the region’s strongest military power.

Soon after, Obama again called into question America’s claim to be a beacon of human rights by allowing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to set the terms of the agenda on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.…  Seguir leyendo »

The United States and other Western powers have for some time been pushing Saudi Arabia to make more gestures toward Israel. More recently, the crown prince of Bahrain urged greater communication with Israel and joint steps from Arab states to revive the peace process.

Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam, the custodian of its two holy mosques, the world’s energy superpower and the de facto leader of the Arab and Muslim worlds — that is why our recognition is greatly prized by Israel. However, for all those same reasons, the kingdom holds itself to higher standards of justice and law.…  Seguir leyendo »

President-elect Barack Obama is about to inherit not just a nation entrenched in two wars but a world of instability and an entire Middle East that is sick with discord. While disputes in this region may seem eternal, there are reasons to be optimistic. If Obama joins with forces for peace and stability and acts boldly, his presidency could have a marked impact on world affairs.

The best medicine yet formulated for the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is the Arab peace initiative of 2002. One must consider the prospect of "peace" in context.

In May, Israel celebrated the 60th anniversary of its creation.…  Seguir leyendo »