As OPEC approaches its 50th anniversary, the paperback edition of Nathan J. Citino's well-received study advances a challenging, revisionist interpretation of U.S.-Saudi relations and OPEC's historical significance. Citino re-examines the relationship between President Eisenhower and King Sa'd in the context of the transition from British imperial hegemony to an American capitalist order in the Middle East. He shows how the political realignment that resulted in OPEC ensured that wealth and power subsequently remained in the hands of oil-producing governments. Using American and British archives, corporate records, and Arabic sources, this work reinterprets the foundations of U.S. Middle East policy, the modern Saudi state, and the global politics of oil.
Contents Illustrations follow page 111 Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments Note on Transliteration Maps
Introduction 1. A Dutch Uncle: The U.S. and Buraym, 1952 2. Old Soldiers: Eisenhower and 'Abd al-'Azz ibn Sa'd, January–November 1953 3. Reaching a Crossroads: The U.S. and King Sa'd, December 1953–November 1955 4. A Tangled Skein: Suez, December 1955–December 1956 5. We Have Here an Opportunity: The Eisenhower Doctrine, January 1957–July 1958 6. We Might as Well Believe in Arab Nationalism: OPEC and the Modern Saudi State, August 1958–December 1960 Conclusion