Peaceful modes of defining international boundary disputes with particular reference to the practice of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its neighbouring states regarding the settlement of their land boundary disputes
[From the introduction] The main purpose of this thesis is to analyse and assess the practice of Saudi Arabia and its neighbouring states with regard to the settlement of their land boundary disputes in the light of the principles of international law. To this end, it will first try to discuss the evolution of the Saudi boundaries along with the acquisition of the Saudi territory and to determine the basic factors responsible for the land boundary disputes between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its neighbouring states. Secondly, it will evaluate the peaceful methods which have been applied by Saudi Arabia and its neighbours in settling their boundary disputes. This study, however, does not extend to examine the settlement of Saudi Arabia's maritime boundaries with its neighbouring states. The reason for this is that the thesis focuses on international land boundaries, and to include maritime boundaries would broaden the subject and make it difficult to provide a proper discussion within the constraints of a PhD thesis. This is especially so as there are 10 states which share maritime boundaries with Saudi Arabia.