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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)

In the past few weeks, a single tweet by Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Christia Freeland has spiraled into a massive diplomatic clash between Canada and Saudi Arabia. In the Aug. 2 tweet, Freeland calls for the release of two Saudi activists, Raif and Samar Badawi. Canadian officials over the years...

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