Accession Number : ADA194380

Title :   Saudi Arabia: The Fulcrum of U.S. National Security in Southwest Asia.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Anderson, Stephen J

PDF Url : ADA194380

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : American national security is directly linked with that of Southwest Asia. Our close military ties with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have been a key factor in guaranteeing our friends a means to protect their own security, contain threats posed by the Iran-Iraq War and Iranian extremism, guard against Soviet inroads, and cooperate with the United States to insure open international access to oil supplies. Current policies of glasnost and perestroika are making Soviet advances in the region more appealing to local governments. It becomes even more important therefore to reinforce, not alienate, our relations with our friends and allies. We have seen that the Saudis have been our friends since the inception of their Kingdom. They have supported us even at the cost of great embarrassment to themselves on occasion, and it is now vital to show our support for them. In so doing, we strengthen them, we cement our ability to project power in the region, and we insure free world access to energy resources; all of which are in our vital interests because they enhance our national security.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *SAUDI ARABIA, BALANCE OF POWER, USSR, SOUTHWEST ASIA

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE