The Future of US-Saudi Relations

Saudi Arabia is one of the United States’ oldest and most reliable allies in a region known for its instability. From the 1973 oil embargo, to 9/11, to the Civil War in Yemen, the relationship between our two countries has survived several critical challenges. But, in the wake of the Jamal Kashoggi killing in 2018, how will the new Biden Administration approach America’s alliance with Saudi Arabia? To answer this question and more, we are joined today on the podcast by Dr. Steven Cook. 

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Cook is the author of False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle EastThe Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, which won the 2012 gold medal from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Ruling but Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey. Oxford University Press is publishing his next book, The End Of Ambition: America’s Past, Present, and Future in the Middle East in 2022.

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