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Over 70 years ago, in 1945, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia met onboard the USS Quincy. A close relationship between the two countries has been maintained ever since, with oil and military and intelligence cooperation at its foundation. But the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. shale revolution, human rights concerns, and diverging interests in the Middle East, have all put strains on this relationship. Has this special relationship outlived its usefulness, or is it too important to walk away from?
For the motion
Visiting Professor, London School of Economics
Madawi Al-Rasheed is a visiting professor at the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and former research fellow at the Open Society... Read More
Mark P. Lagon
Centennial Fellow & Distinguished Senior Scholar, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service
Mark P. Lagon is a Centennial Fellow and Distinguished Senior Scholar in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and is the former... Read More
Against the motion
F. Gregory Gause
John H. Lindsey Chair & Head of the International Affairs Department, Texas A&M University
F. Gregory Gause, III is the John H. Lindsey Chair, professor of international affairs and head of the International Affairs Department at the Bush... Read More
Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow, Washington Institute & Former Ambassador to Ankara and Baghdad
Ambassador James F. Jeffrey is the Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute where he focuses on U.S. diplomatic and military... Read More