Why the U.S. Needs Saudi Arabia

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The United States of America has helped the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to develop into a modern state since the kingdom's founding in the 1930s. The two countries have been allies and friends for nearly eight decades. Now beset by an economic recession and multiple wars against terrorists, the United States needs Saudi Arabia's help. This book shows how and why the US-Saudi relationship has evolved over the course of the 20th century and into the 21st century. In the four chapters written by five prominent American ...

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Overview

The United States of America has helped the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to develop into a modern state since the kingdom's founding in the 1930s. The two countries have been allies and friends for nearly eight decades. Now beset by an economic recession and multiple wars against terrorists, the United States needs Saudi Arabia's help. This book shows how and why the US-Saudi relationship has evolved over the course of the 20th century and into the 21st century. In the four chapters written by five prominent American scholars, Why the US Needs Saudi Arabia explains the history of the relations between the two countries while exploring the current and potential future state of economic, educational, and military-strategic ties.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880938782
  • Publisher: University of Indianapolis Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2011
  • Pages: 122
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Winberg Chai is a political scientist and China scholar who has visited and lectured in Saudi Arabia periodically during his 50-year teaching career at American universities. He has been an observer of changes in Saudi Arabia for more than four decades. He serves as an executive editor of Asian Affairs: An American Review, one of the oldest continuously published academic journals in the United States, currently published by Taylor & Francis in Philadelphia. He is also editor of Saudi Arabia: A Modern Reader (University of Indianapolis Press, 2005).

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Table of Contents

Preface Winberg Chai vii

Chapter 1 U.S.-Saudi Relations to 1991: Oil and Security Michael Brose Marianne Kamp 1

Chapter 2 U.S.-Saudi Arabia Political and Military Relations: The Importance and Centrality of the U.S.-Saudi Parternship in the Post-Global World Martin H. Sours 25

Chapter 3 Why the U.S. Needs Strong Economic Ties with Saudi Arabia Roger K. Oden 51

Chapter 4 What the U.S. Can Learn from Saudi Education Winberg Chai 65

Appendix A Glossary & Guide 85

Appendix B Genealogy of the Al Saud 91

Appendix C The Program: The National Conference on U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations 93

About the Speakers, Panelists, and Discussants 103

About the University of Indianapolis Press 109

Books from the University of Indianapolis Press (1992-2003) 110

University of Indianapolis Press Book list (2004-2011) 111

Index 113

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