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The United States and Saudi Arabia: Ambivalent Allies
The United States and Saudi Arabia: Ambivalent Allies
By David E. Long
Westview Press, 1985, 161 pp
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David Long calls on his long experience with Arab affairs as scholar and U.S. official to provide a fact-filled survey of U.S.-Saudi relations from early contacts before World War II to the present. Methodically, and with a minimum of comment, he covers the oil factor, commerce and finance, military relations and the political side. He puts more weight on the solidity and continuity of interests which underpin the relationship than on the sources of disagreement and antagonism, but he also calls attention to the ambivalence on both sides which places real constraints on the degree of cooperation possible.