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Abdullah Peace Plan: Offer or Ultimatum? [English].
Transcript of a discussion organized by the Middle East Policy Council, part of the Twenty-ninth Capitol Hill Conference Series, Washington, D.C. June 14, 2002.
Civil Society: Active or Passive? [English].
This chapter examines the emergence of the Saudi state from a tribally based stateless society to a kingdom with rulers drawn from the Saud family. The twin pillars of dynastic legitimacy are Islam and oil; both have consequences for the limited character of civil society. Two political tendencies have emerged: liberal reformist and conservative Islamist. The ruling family has pursued policies balancing between them with uneven results for the evolution of civil society.
International Freedom of Expression Exchange "IFEX" - Saudi Arabia [English].
The International Freedom of Expression Exchange works to promote and emphasize the importance of Freedom of Expression. This page on Saudi Arabia offers press releases, articles, reports and related sites discussing recent issues related to freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia.
Internet Filtering in Saudi Arabia in 2004 [English]. 2004
This study is based on three years of testing that the OpenNet Initiative conducted on Saudi Arabia’s internet filtering systems. This testing concluded that whilst these systems are highly sophisticated and block a wide range of sites, the policies, procedures, and philosophy for Saudi Arabia's filtering system are relatively transparent and documented on the Web site of its Internet Services Unit (ISU).
Reforms and Charters [English].
Arab News, 26 February 2003, opinions and editorials from the Arab News on the Saudi "Charter to Reform the Arab Stand."
Strong foundations'?: The imperative for reform in Saudi Arabia [English]. 2009
The report argues that King Abdullah has recognized that demography and the demands of a new generation of Saudi citizens have rendered the kingdom’s old oil-dependent ‘rentier’ habits redundant for the future. The report argues however that moves to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy and empower its youth with the skills to prosper in a global competitive environment cannot be separated from wider political reform that will sustain progress by ushering in a new era of participatory and accountable government. It concludes that Saudi Arabia must move away from its current almost total reliance upon the fortunes of its founding and ruling family towards a shared responsibility in charting the country’s future direction.
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