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How a Tweet Made Enemies of Saudi Arabia and Canada: Applying the Hofstede Theory to Geopolitics

Ryan Bohl
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Aug 30, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
The cultural differences between Saudi Arabia and Canada can help explain how the reaction to a tweet developed into a major diplomatic rift.

The cultural differences between Saudi Arabia and Canada can help explain how the reaction to a tweet developed into a major diplomatic rift.

(FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images and Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Even when countries share strategic interests -- as Saudi Arabia and Canada do -- they can find themselves clashing over critical differences in cultural values....

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