ARABIA SAUDITA: CENT'ANNI
Cooperazione, sicurezza, identità
edited by di Roberto Aliboni and Daniela Pioppi
n. 18, 2000, 251 p., ISBN 88-464-1929-4
This book is derived from the conference on "Italian-Saudi
relations: development, cooperation and common interests,
Europe and the Middle East", held in Rome on
4-5 March 1999 on the occasion of the centenary
celebration of the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia, and organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali
and the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Italy.
The Gulf War and the end of the Cold War changed the
equilibria in the region, highlighting the need
for an opening towards the European Union to balance
the presence of the United States. Today, Saudi
Arabia's new interest for Europe, and therefore
also Italy, could pave the way for a broader Italian
contribution to the country’s development.
Greater cooperation, however, calls for a more profound
dialogue between Saudis and Europeans. This book,
broken down into five sections, provides an overview
of the points which Italy and Europe, on the one
hand, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the other,
have in common and those on which they contrast.
The first section is dedicated to the history of
the Kingdom and its relations with the West; the
second to the country’s institutional and ideological
development, from a Saudi point of view; the third
section deals with the question of security in the
Gulf, this being the subject on which there is the
greatest accord between the Kingdom and the Western
powers; the fourth is on relations between Islam
and the West on a cultural plane and, finally, the
fifth focuses on trade relations and, therefore, oil.
The works included in the book, especially in the sections
of an ideologico-political or cultural nature are
aimed at familiarising the Italian public with the
little known Saudi point of view. The other sections,
such as those on security and oil, offer a compendium
of general interest strategic and trade subjects.