Ellen R. Wald, PhD, is a widely cited consultant on geopolitics and the global energy industry. A frequent commentator on oil pricing, energy policy, alternative energies, OPEC, and the political economy, she earned her doctorate in history at Boston University and an AB in history, near eastern studies, and creative writing at Princeton University. She teaches Middle East history and policy, and she has appeared on television and radio on three continents.
The Saudi royal family and Aramco leadership are, and almost always have been, motivated by ambitions of long-term strength and profit. They use Islamic law, traditional ideology, and harsh justice to maintain stability and their own power, but underneath...[SEE MORE]