As tensions flare between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Middle East Program Fellow David Ottaway provides perspective on the troubled relationship and its impact on the region.

David B. Ottaway, a Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, received a BA from Harvard, magna cum laude, in 1962 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1972. He worked 35 years for The Washington Post as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe and later as a national security and investigative reporter in Washington before retiring in 2006. He has won numerous awards for his reporting at home and abroad and was twice nominated a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, published in November 2008, was The King’s Messenger: Prince Bandar bin Sultan and America’s Tangled Relationship with Saudi Arabia.  He is currently working on a book regarding the changes underway in the Arab world.