Title: SINIO Summer Seminar: A Look at Saudi Arabia's Challenges

Release Date: 2017-04-24

Document Date: 2004-09-16

Description: A seminar will address several key issues facing Saudi Arabia: potential instability in the royal family, internal security threats, and domestic policy questions.

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(U) SINIO Summer Seminar: A Look at Saudi Arabia's Challenges
FROM: Marilyn Maines
Deputy Chief, Strategic Intelligence Issues (S17)
Run Date: 09/16/2004

(S) The SINIO Council and the National Cryptologic School are pleased to present another in the
series of Strategic Intelligence Issue Seminars for Summer 2004. "A Look at Saudi Arabia's
Challenges" will be presented by
D/SINIO for Near East South Asia, and
Brenda Martineau, SINIO for Economics, on Tuesday, 21 September, from 1130-1300 in
Room 2N044 . Advance registration is required - see the Brown Bag Series webpage for
instructions.
(U) Course Overview:
(U//FOUO) A key coalition partner in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia, home to the al-Saud royal
family, the two major Islamic pilgrimage sites, and a changing national and foreign resident
population. Many challenges face the future stability of Saudi Arabia; in our Brown Bag, we will
concentrate on three areas:
Will the royal family succumb to age, corruption, and unpopularity? Or is there a
younger generation of royals ready to take over the helm? Is there a plan of succession
to the throne, and who might be pulling the strings in the background?
Does the country have insurmountable internal security challenges? How have Saudi
security forces reacted to the recent major terrorist attacks on Saudi territory? Have they
"finally woken up", and will Saudi cooperation with U.S. counter-terrorism efforts be
forthcoming?
With 50% of the population under the age of 18, is Saudi Arabia a "demographic
timebomb"? How do domestic issues determine the national future with respect to
education and economics? And what is the influence of the U.S.-Saudi relationship on
national affairs and economics?
(S) This brown bag session is classified (TS//SI). Session will not be videotaped.
(U) For further info:
(U//FOUO) Please consult the SINIO website for more information on future events in this series.
POCs: Marilyn Maines, for SINIO Council (
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Dr. Roland Recker for National Cryptologic School (
For information on this session, please contact
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