Issue Brief Explores Saudi Aramco-SABIC Merger, SABIC’s ‘Importance to Energy and Chemical Businesses Worldwide’

A new issue brief written by Jean-François Seznec for the Atlantic Council explores the Saudi Aramco-SABIC merger and Aramco's strategy to make the Saudi oil giant "like most other large international oil companies, except much bigger."

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U.S.-Saudi Relations

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Debt Finance

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Adel Al-Jubeir

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Art and Culture

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Why every investor should be looking at Saudi Arabia

Rarely are investors offered transformative opportunities to unlock incalculable value while improving lives for generations to come. A newly accessible Saudi Arabia offers just such ...


Saudi Grain Imports

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Natural Gas

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