The brutal killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi produced a public opinion backlash against all things Saudi and left US—Saudi relations at their weakest in recent memory. In a tumultuous region where non-state actors, rogue regimes, and global powers pose a direct challenge to American interests, what is the path forward for the longstanding US-Saudi alliance? How will this tragic event reshape this otherwise vital relationship and impact developments in the broader Middle East? For its first 2019 event, the Arabia Foundation hosted a panel discussion on “The Future of the US-Saudi Relationship post-Khashoggi.”
Global Affairs journalist Elise Labott moderated a distinguished panel of speakers including author and journalist Karen Elliott House, Wilson Center Vice President and Middle East Program Director Aaron David Miller, Washington Institute Counselor and Distinguished Fellow Dennis Ross, and Arabia Foundation Founder Ali Shihabi.
During a frank and provocative debate, the panel gave their assessments of the present and future trajectory of the US-Saudi relationship in the wake of this transformative event.