The brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has produced new strains in the bilateral relationship, already under stress over the past decade and a half from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the ongoing war in Yemen, and the values gap between the two countries.
In the last two years, President Donald Trump has aligned much of his Middle East policy more closely with Saudi Arabia. He chose the kingdom for his first overseas visit as president, and his son-in-law and Middle East policy point-man, Jared Kushner, has forged a close relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman—the architect of Riyadh’s newly assertive foreign policy.
Please join the Center for American Progress and the American Enterprise Institute for a discussion on the future of American relations with Saudi Arabia and the likely impact of recent events on military, diplomatic, and economic cooperation.
Steven Cook, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Melissa Dalton, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Karen Young, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress