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Pariah or Partner: The Shifting US-Saudi Arabia Relationship

Will Biden shift Saudi Arabia from a “pariah” to a partner – should he? Experts Martin Indyk and Sarah Leah Whitson join Deep Dish to discuss.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
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About the Episode

Joe Biden is currently on his first trip to the Middle East as President, which will include a controversial meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. On the campaign trail, Biden pledged to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah”, but with gas prices punishing American consumers, and Russia and China court Riyadh, Biden’s tone and policy toward the Kingdom has rapidly evolved. Council on Foreign Relations’ Martin Indyk and Democracy for the Arab World Now’s Sarah Leah Whitson join Deep Dish to discuss the human rights, energy, and geopolitical dimensions of the US–Saudi relationship. 

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About the Experts
Distinguished Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Martin Indyk is a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the former US ambassador to Israel, assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs, and special assistant to President Clinton. Previously, Indyk was executive vice president of the Brookings Institution and was President Obama's special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from July 2013 to June 2014.
Executive Director, Democracy for the Arab World Now
Sarah Leah Whitson is the executive director of Democracy for the Arab World Now, known as DAWN, an organization founded by Jamal Khashoggi only months before his murder. Whitson also served as the executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa Division for 15 years.
Vice President, Studies
Council expert Brian Hanson
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He oversees the Council's research operations and hosts the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
Council expert Brian Hanson

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