Is the US Ready to Back Real Change in Saudi Arabia?

August 24, 2020

Less than two weeks after his hit team murdered and dismembered Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as the world was still trying to make sense of that heinous crime, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was busy sending another, almost identical hit team to assassinate Saad...

There Is No Strain in US-Saudi Relations

June 17, 2020

The US decision to withdraw two of its four Patriot anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia, along with the 300 soldiers that operated them, has led to speculation about what lies behind the move. Some analysts have linked it to the kingdom’s oil policy, arguing that the decision is intended to...

The Saudi Royal Schmooze Tour

March 23, 2018

The Saudi crown prince is on a two-week tour across the US, and he needs honest and frank advice from the Trump administration. Former US Ambassador Gary Grappo explains. Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (aka MBS) began his nearly two-week swing through the US on March 20 with a...

Are US-Saudi Relations Finally Souring?

October 06, 2016

Political pressure is helping erode the bond between these old political allies, but the results of this election season could squander any chance at change. Congress recently passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which allows families of victims of the September 11,...

Are Saudi Arabia and Iran on a Collision Course?

January 07, 2016

With Saudi Arabia and Iran locked in a diplomatic row, concerted international intervention will be critical to avert a regional and global calamity, says former US Ambassador Gary Grappo. Since the Arab Spring some five years ago, the Middle East has experienced a wave of tragic events. Many of...