Dipaola, A. (2016, May 25). Saudi Arabia will restart its smaller-scale solar energy program. Called on April 7, 2017 by www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-25/saudi-arabia-to-revive-its-solar-power-program-at-smaller-scale The fact that companies as different as Saudi Arabia and the United States have found a way to maintain such a long-lasting bilateral relationship, even after the 11-11 attacks, makes you believe that their common interests in regional stability, the fight against terrorism and energy markets are incredibly strong. Nevertheless, steps can still be taken outside these channels to improve bilateral relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia. While the Iranian regime focuses almost exclusively its hostile rhetoric on Israel and the United States, they have no reason to fear Iran in the short term over Saudi Arabia. Therefore, Saudi Arabia`s top regional priority is to reduce Iranian influence throughout the region. This implies that Saudi resources are used not only against the Islamic State, but also against the Iranian-backed Assad regime. The Saudi Air Force, which first joined the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State in 2014, has turned its gaze to Yemen, where Iran actively supports terrorist groups and militias attacking Al Saud and their allies. Iran is also the dominant influence in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and with Hamas in Gaza. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the kingdom`s military spending has amounted to nearly $500 billion over the past 25 years, most of which came from U.S. defense companies.
Khalilzad, Z., Oakford, S., Everly, S., Hirsh, M., Graff, G.M., Rondón, A.M.,. . . Heffernan, v. (2016, September 14). “We have misled you”: how the Saudis clean up the financing of terrorism. Called on April 7, 2017 by www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/saudi-arabia-terrorism-funding – 214241 President Barack Obama had frosty relations with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and had never invited him to the White House. Today, President Sisi would have high hopes of improving bilateral relations through cooperation with the Trump administration. During the 2016 U.S.
presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump tried to distinguish his approach to Egypt from then-President Obama by praising sisi and promising to strengthen bilateral relations if elected. How U.S.-Egypt relations could improve beyond the mutual admiration of their leaders is the subject of much speculation. Relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia were strengthened during the Cold War, when the Saudis viewed the United States as defenders against Soviet proxies in Egypt, Syria, and South Yemen, while the United States viewed Saudi Arabia as a bulwark against communism (Seznec, 2005). As early as 1947, President Harry Truman`s promise to Saudi King Abdulaziz that the United States would protect the kingdom`s territorial integrity and political independence became the basis of the 1951 Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement, under which the United States . . .