he close link that has always existed between OPEC with Saudi Arabia at the helm and the United States means that the United States government and Saudi Arabia would have to confront each other over market share and prices sooner or later. On 27th of November, Saudi Arabia will lead a meeting of OPEC member states in Vienna, seeking to make a decision on how much oil to produce, after which they are set to announce the amount of oil the member countries expect to pump collectively in 2015 (RTRS 1). Their decision will be keenly watched by the US, as it will determine whether shale oil production will continue to be profitable in the short term.
Al-Mulhim (p.1) identifies the possibility that Saudi Arabia and the United States are waging a collaborative war against Iran and Russia, which are mutual enemies of the two countries. In this case, Saudi Arabia, as the most influential member of OPEC, serves the geo-political interests of the G7 countries, which are led by the United States. The Russian and Iranian media have basically concluded that the United States and Saudi Arabia have formed an alliance that seeks to serve their international and regional interests respectively. Indeed, Saudi Arabia has reasons to want to punish the Russians, specifically for their overt support of President Bashar Al-Assad’s Syrian government, while it is also willing to gain any leverage against Iran that is its arch-rival in the Middle East (Al-Mulhim 1). On the other hand, the United States is using its current “oil-alliance” with Saudi Arabia to pressure Iran towards an agreement on its nuclear program, as well as to punish Russia for interfering with Ukraine’s internal affairs and its move towards joining NATO.
However, zawya.com (p.1) argues that there is no proof that the current situation in the global oil crisis is as a result of collusion with the United States, pointing to Saudi Arabia’s continued denials that its policies are informed by regional and