Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman concluded his coast-to-coast U.S. tour and has moved on to various European capitals. Has his so-called “charm offensive” worked, and what does it mean for the future of U.S.-Saudi relations?  We asked Wilson Center’s Middle East Fellow David Ottaway to provide highlights and analysis in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


David B. Ottaway received a BA from Harvard 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. Ottaway was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 1979-80, again in 2005-06, and is currently a Middle East Fellow. 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.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.