Ever since FDR famously sailed into the Suez Canal to meet with Saudi King Ibn Saud in 1945 on the American destroyer the USS Quincy, the United States and Saudi Arabia have been deep strategic partners in the Middle East. Plenty of stresses, as the US allied with Israel and the Saudis flexed their massive oil power and exported Wahabi Islam. But the Saudi monarchy had also been an American bedrock in the region. Now the talk is of potential crackup in the partnership. That’s big. Up next On Point: Saudi fury as the US charts a new course in the Middle East.
David Ignatius, associate editor and columnist for The Washington Post. (@IgnatiusPost)
Stephen Kinzer, professor on International Relations at Boston University and a former New York Times correspondent. Author of “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War” and “Reset: Iran, Turkey and America’s Future.” (@StephenKinzer)
Dr. Abel Aziz Aluwaisheg, Assistant Secretary General for Negotiations and Strategic Dialogue at the Gulf Cooperation Council. (@abuhamad1)
Dan Drezner, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, columnist at Foreign Policy Magazine and senior editor at The National Interest. (@DanDrezner)
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