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The Special U.S.-Saudi Relationship Has Outlived Its Usefulness

Wednesday, February 8th 2017
06:45 - 08:30 PM
Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street
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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?

The Debaters

For the motion

Madawi Al-Rasheed

Madawi Al-Rasheed

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

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

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

James Jeffrey

James Jeffrey

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

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