The House of Saud had more than three months to prepare for a new reality of its American connection ever since Donald Trump lost his bid to stay in the White House, but the blow it suffered was nevertheless painful. US President Joe Biden has opened a new chapter in the relationship between Washington and Riyadh. First, Biden withdrew political and military support from Saudi offensive operations in Yemen, allowing only defensive actions to protect targets within the Kingdom. Then he released an intelligence report pinning the responsibility for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder on the Crown Prince and de-facto ruler, Muhammad bin Salman. While stopping short of punishing MBS personally, Biden is in essence intervening in the internal affairs of Saudi Arabia and its regime. What are the risks and consequences in this departure from the previous Administration’s policy, as the Iranian threat is still central to the regional strategy of both Americans and Saudis?
Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Col. Richard Kemp, former Head of International Terrorism Intelligence team at the British Cabinet Office. – Dr. Joshua Krasna, Lecturer on Intelligence and Mideast Security at New York University, Research Fellow at Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University.
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