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Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate The U.S.-Saudi special relationship has outlived its usefulness

Wednesday | February 8 2017 | 4:45 pm

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Since 1945, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have maintained a close relationship, 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?

For:
Madawi Al-Rasheed, Visiting Professor, London School of Economics
Mark P. Lagon, Centennial Fellow & Distinguished Senior Scholar, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service

Against:
F. Gregory Gause, John H. Lindsey Chair & Head of the International Affairs Department, Texas A&M University
James Jeffrey, Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow, Washington Institute & Former Ambassador to Ankara and Baghdad

Pre-Debate Reception | 5:45pm
Debate | 6:45pm

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