What a weakened US-Saudi relationship means for the world

By Marie Zaragoza

Though still working through the effects of the devastating attacks on their oil facilities, Saudi Arabia is finding that they must look to powers other than the United States for support against Iran. Resulting from the combination of unpopular moves – the war with Yemen, the killing of reporter Jamal Khashoggi, and the continued fallout of 9/11 – Riyadh is struggling to find the support they desire from Washington.

The relationship between the Saudis and the Trump administration suggests a furthering of the American stepping down from the world stage. In a series of moves, President Trump has proven hesitant to commit any American military action. This begs the question: will another Western actor step up to claim this authority or will the Saudis be forced to pursue military action of their own accord?

Read about the future of the region here.

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