Geopolitics on the rocks

The Empire Strikes Back: The Return of the U.S. - Saudi Relations

Middle East and North Africa

The more ideological wing of the Trump administration sees radical Islam as the number one global threat to America. The more realist faction in the Trump’s White House sees old enemy Iran as still the primary American nemesis in the Middle East. In this paper we discuss why U.S. President Trump would like for U.S.-Saudi relations to "go back to normal," and whether he can really ignore the "balance of power" Obama tried in the past years to establish in the region.

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