U.S.-Saudi relations have been marked by ambivalence since their inception over 50 years ago. The Arab-Israeli conflict, the division between buyer and seller of oil, the superpower-small state dichotomy, and the divergence of cultures, traditions, and perceptions have all contributed to the anomalies that have marked the relationship between the two countries, although mutual interest has, over time, outweighed mutual antagonism. Dr. Long examines the major factors affecting their associationâ€”economic, commercial, military, and political as well as oil-related factorsâ€”and develops the thesis that each has evolved a unique internal dynamic and an existence independent of the others. It is primarily in times of crisis that the factors have overlapped in the minds of decision makers, Saudi and American alike. The author argues that a knowledge of the development of each individual element is crucial for understanding the intricacies of current U.S.-Saudi relations.
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Also of Interest -- Preface -- Introduction: Constant Interests Among Changing Perceptions -- U.S.-Saudi Oil Relations -- U.S.-Saudi Military Relations -- U.S.-Saudi Economic and Commercial Relations -- U.S.-Saudi Political Relations -- Ambivalent Allies
David E. Longis serving on the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff. He prepared this book while a senior fellow at the Middle East Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Persian Gulf: An Introduction to Its Peoples, Politics, and Economics (Westview, revised edition 1978), and coeditor of The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (Westview, 1980).