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Saudis Stick With Trump Despite Sellout of Syrian Kurds

President Trump still has at least one Arab friend determined to stick with him despite the latest proof of his unpredictability in abandoning pro-American Kurds to a Turkish onslaught in northern Syria: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Far From Accountability a Year After the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

“Sadly, one year later we are far from accountability for the grisly murder of Jamal inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says he takes “full responsibility” for the “heinous crime” but insists he neither ordered it nor was aware of it beforehand. He seems to be engaged in a coverup of the truth. He has allowed the trial of eleven officials accused of carrying it out to drag on for a year with no results.

Black Smoke On The Horizon: Will Attacks on Oil Facilities in Saudi Arabia Spark a Conflagration?

48 hours after oil facilities were attacked in Saudi Arabia, Middle East Specialist David Ottaway thinks the next 48 hours are crucial for the world. In this Need to Know episode, Ottaway walks us through what happened, and what we don't know yet, and how all of this could turn into a much larger power play in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia: Friend or Foe?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with David Ottaway, who provides an update on U.S.-Saudi relations five months after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.  Has the relationship further deteriorated and how are Mohammed bin Salman’s internal political and economic reforms proceeding within the kingdom?


As U.S.-Saudi Relationship Sours, a New Suitor Has Come Calling

In withdrawing American troops from Syria, President Trump has served notice that he is ready to abandon U.S. partners in the Middle East on a tweet's notice.

This doubtlessly sent shivers down the spine of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), who has bet on Trump’s rhetorical fulminations against Iran to assume strong American backing for his confrontation with Iran for primacy in the Arab world.