Saudi Arabia’s Place in French Foreign Policy Since the Arab Uprisings

Number: 60
Jeremy Lucky

Saudi Arabia has always been a significant diplomatic and trade partner for France in the Middle East. This study investigates why and how these relations were strengthened since the Arab Uprisings. Based on international relations theories and a sociological methodology, the research reveals that Saudi Arabia’s greater place in French foreign policy is driven by both an increased political convergence and economic interdependencies. These observations allow us to draw conclusions in order to reflect on the French strategy in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. Policy recommendations encompass all aspects, such as pleading for a coherent European foreign policy, strengthening trade ties, and fostering cross-investments to better balance economic interdependencies and develop cultural cooperation.