The Complicated U.S.-Saudi Relationship
November 10th, 2022 12:00PM -1:00PM
From high gas prices to human rights abuses, the complicated U.S.- Saudi relationship is proving a policy headache for President Joe Biden. Most recently, Washington is threatening to ban weapons sales, halt security assistance, and file a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members in response to the Saudi decision to cut oil production. Riyadh asserts it was acting solely out of economic self-interest.
Join the World Affairs Council and Steven Cook, Senior Fellow at CFR, as we discuss what’s next for the U.S- Saudi partnership and Biden’s policy options moving forward.
About the Speaker
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 East; The 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.