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    Saudi arabia enjoyed a close relationship with the US, as well as Turkey. Clinton received some pretty big donations to her foundations from saudi-arabian oligarchs and rich sheikhs.

    Now Trump has come in and wreaked havoc into establishment plans for the ME.

    Will trump do what he said, and be harsher on Saudi-Arabia? Or will he recognise the importance of Saudi-Arabia, in the protection of American interests, power, hegemony in the ME?
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    It all depends on Israel's agenda and what they deem fit
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    It won't be trump that starts yet another US- Middle East war. It'll be the next 9/11 (read: terror attack on the United states)
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    (Original post by Results)
    It all depends on Israel's agenda and what they deem fit
    fair point
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    TRUMP is a businessman.

    What do businessmen like?

    Why does everyone act like trump won't be the same greedy puppet in the oval.
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    (Original post by Tawheed)
    Saudi arabia enjoyed a close relationship with the US, as well as Turkey. Clinton received some pretty big donations to her foundations from saudi-arabian oligarchs and rich sheikhs.

    Now Trump has come in and wreaked havoc into establishment plans for the ME.

    Will trump do what he said, and be harsher on Saudi-Arabia? Or will he recognise the importance of Saudi-Arabia, in the protection of American interests, power, hegemony in the ME?
    Whilst I am no fan of Trump, if one good thing could come from his presidency, it would be a change in attitudes towards Saudi Arabia. It is a pariah state and more pressure needs to be put on Saudi Arabia and hold it accountable for its numerous human rights abuses.
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    Oh no
    Saudi Arabia
    with its abysmal human rights record
    a misogynistic society
    completely trapping the citizens away from any chance of freedom and equality
    how u will be missed

    If Trump can do anything right, he can at least start severing any links with this horrific country.
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    (Original post by The Epicurean)
    Whilst I am no fan of Trump, if one good thing could come from his presidency, it would be a change in attitudes towards Saudi Arabia. It is a pariah state and more pressure needs to be put on Saudi Arabia and hold it accountable for its numerous human rights abuses.
    The consensus in the Middle East and North Africa is that Saudi Arabia is more conservative than their neighbours and is not a pariah state.

    Recently Saudi managed to keep their human rights council seat, after bombing Yemeni civillians for 18 months. They have always been pressured yet nothing has really changed. Saudi is a key ally in the middle east and I'm sure the last thing Trump wants to do is damage their relations with them. Even if he did, he would just be encouraging more instability in the region.

    Only the UN can do something, not Trump alone.
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    (Original post by AAls)
    The consensus in the Middle East and North Africa is that Saudi Arabia is more conservative than their neighbours and is not a pariah state.

    Recently Saudi managed to keep their human rights council seat, after bombing Yemeni civillians for 18 months. They have always been pressured yet nothing has really changed. Saudi is a key ally in the middle east and I'm sure the last thing Trump wants to do is damage their relations with them. Even if he did, he would just be encouraging more instability in the region.

    Only the UN can do something, not Trump alone.
    Saudi Arabia has been a strong supporter of Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara, which the African Union and much of Africa and North Africa oppose. So Saudi Arabia doesn't have unconditional support from all North African nations. And with African states like Nigeria and Ethiopia undergoing huge growth, and sub-saharan African having a population boom, I don't think it should be taken as a given that North Africa will not change its alliances.

    Trump cannot solve Saudi Arabia's human rights issues, but he can get the pin rolling. If he were to speak up an take a tough stance, there is no doubt other nations would follow.
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    (Original post by The Epicurean)
    Whilst I am no fan of Trump, if one good thing could come from his presidency, it would be a change in attitudes towards Saudi Arabia. It is a pariah state and more pressure needs to be put on Saudi Arabia and hold it accountable for its numerous human rights abuses.
    Aren't they on the chair of the UN Human rights council, despite their savagery on Yemen ?
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    It is an interesting question, the fact this awful country even exists is enough to remove my confidence in Clinton let alone that she is getting donations from it.

    Relations with Israel will still be strong, which means relations with Iran will be weak, however improved relations with Russia might go either way, it could damage our relations with Turkey and other important ME countries, as well as countries in the Balkans, it could improve our relations with Iran (as Russia might apply pressure on them). We know the Russians are pretty scared of the Chinese, so they should be natural allies with the Japanese against a rising Chinese state.

    To return to the original question, SA exists because of its oil reserves and convenience, if you remove the need for it to exist it will fall.
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    (Original post by AAls)
    The consensus in the Middle East and North Africa is that Saudi Arabia is more conservative than their neighbours and is not a pariah state.

    Recently Saudi managed to keep their human rights council seat, after bombing Yemeni civillians for 18 months. They have always been pressured yet nothing has really changed. Saudi is a key ally in the middle east and I'm sure the last thing Trump wants to do is damage their relations with them. Even if he did, he would just be encouraging more instability in the region.

    Only the UN can do something, not Trump alone.
    The UN has no real power. Trump has an extremely large military and economy at his disposal, this is what matters, not a bunch of professional talkers who do nothing but point out the obvious.
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    (Original post by Mr Gumbil)
    It is an interesting question, the fact this awful country even exists is enough to remove my confidence in Clinton let alone that she is getting donations from it.

    Relations with Israel will still be strong, which means relations with Iran will be weak, however improved relations with Russia might go either way, it could damage our relations with Turkey and other important ME countries, as well as countries in the Balkans, it could improve our relations with Iran (as Russia might apply pressure on them). We know the Russians are pretty scared of the Chinese, so they should be natural allies with the Japanese against a rising Chinese state.

    To return to the original question, SA exists because of its oil reserves and convenience, if you remove the need for it to exist it will fall.
    You know nothing.

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    (Original post by cbreef)
    You know nothing.

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    Wot lol

    Turkey and Russia rivalry goes back centuries and heats up everytime one of them gets pissy over the Balkans. Only country that likes Russia is Serbia.
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    It amazes me that when the whites ruled in South Africa everyone cut them off because of apartheid yet a country like Saudi Arabia which is directly responsible for millions of deaths and carries out abuse on residents and visitors every day is treated by most countries like a best friend. Oil and money turns a lot of blind eyes and deaf ears. I hope that Trump shuns Saudi and persuades other countries to do so.
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    (Original post by Mr Gumbil)
    Wot lol

    Turkey and Russia rivalry goes back centuries and heats up everytime one of them gets pissy over the Balkans. Only country that likes Russia is Serbia.
    And as of late they have restored relations...
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    (Original post by cbreef)
    And as of late they have restored relations...
    That'll last about ten minutes.
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    (Original post by Mr Gumbil)
    That'll last about ten minutes.
    Putin and Erdogan have a lot in common *cough* dictators *cough*
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    (Original post by cbreef)
    Putin and Erdogan have a lot in common *cough* dictators *cough*
    So did Hitler and Stalin.

    No matter how friendly they are, their geographical and cultural interests are completely opposed. Erdogan is an Islamist, Putin an Orthodox Slav, the Balkans has always been the fighting ground. Two dictators going at it is precisely the issue.
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    (Original post by Mr Gumbil)
    So did Hitler and Stalin.

    No matter how friendly they are, their geographical and cultural interests are completely opposed. Erdogan is an Islamist, Putin an Orthodox Slav, the Balkans has always been the fighting ground. Two dictators going at it is precisely the issue.
    This is 2016. Money beats war. They'll keep amicable relations as long as it's profitable.
 
 
 
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