David Ottaway, author of The King's Messenger – Prince Bandar Bin Sultan and America's Tangled Relationship with Saudi Arabia


The ‘special relationship' which binds the United States and Saudi Arabia was born in the depths of the Second World War. It flourished for many decades after the war as each country upheld its end of an oil for security bargain. The tremors of the post 9/11 world and the proliferation of arms and oil suppliers worldwide have combined to shake the foundations of this pact. David Ottaway explains this history and the role of its most prominent Protagonist Prince Bandar bin Sultan.