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Sauid Aramco & Middle Eastern Unrest

A recent article in BusinessWeek outlines some of the dillemas facing the Saudi monarchy and its “golden goose,” the state-owned Saudi Aramco company. According to this piece, Saudi Aramco could be in trouble if unrest spills into the Kingdom’s borders. That’s because the nation’s rulers could tap into Saudi Aramco’s assets as a means of showering favorable social benefits on the population, which in turn would distract the company from focusing on production. This scenario is considered similar to the one impacting Venezuela right now. Still, the article’s author is complimentary toward Saudi Aramco’s ability to increase production at a pinch, is geo-political developments require it to do so.


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