Burke Chair on Saudi Arabia and the Gulf

The Burke Chair project on Saudi Arabia examines the future of the nation in a strategic net assessment.

Anthony H. Cordesman, the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS, has directed the Saudi Arabia Enters the 21st Century project since 2002. The goal of the project has been to examine the strategic future of Saudi Arabia. It uses a strategic net assessment approach that looks at the major factors affecting Saudi Arabia's strategic, political, economic, and military positions, including future implications of current trends.

The project examines the internal political, economic, and social trends in Saudi Arabia, and possible strategic futures for Saudi Arabia through the year 2010, including the following topic areas:

  • Internal Security and  Stability
  • Social, Political, and Economic Reforms
  • Counterterrorism Strategy
  • Conventional Military Transformation
  • Energy Developments
  • Relations with Neighboring States
  • The U.S.-Saudi Strategic Partnership

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In addition to several published books that can be purchased online from the CSIS Press, the project focuses on the steady development of working documents that are revised on an ongoing basis. As a result, all of the material provided in this section should be regarded as working material that is subject to update. To provide suggestions corrections to any material, please send your comments to the Office of the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at BurkeChair@csis.org.