Tue, 5 December 2017
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Americaâ€™s longtime ally in the Middle East, faces a tumultuous future. Plummeting oil prices, an ongoing royal purge, and Yemenâ€™s civil war across the border have thrust the kingdom into a domestic and international maelstrom. But what role does the United States play in Saudi Arabiaâ€™s changing position? To address that question, Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, recently discussed his new book â€œKings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and America Since FDRâ€ at a Brookings event. Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, moderated the conversation in which they discussed the state of U.S.-Saudi relations, the historical events that have precipitated Saudi Arabiaâ€™s current situation, and the future of the kingdom.