Saudi Arabia


Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia

Speaker: Rachel Bronson
Presider: David B. Ottaway

In Thicker than Oil, the first full history of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, Council Senior Fellow Rachel Bronson reveals why the partnership became so intimate and how the countries’ shared interests sowed the seeds of today’s most pressing problem—Islamic radicalism. Join her as she discusses what we stand to lose if the partnership collapses and suggests ways to steer its future course.

**Please note special time**

5:45 - 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Meeting
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Reception and book signing

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Rachel Bronson interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

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