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The Saudi-American Alliance, Part One
Aired 1/6/2005

America’s 70 year long relationship with Saudi Arabia has been at times both fruitful and challenging. With the world’s largest proven oil reserves and major Saudi investment in the U.S. economy, the Desert Kingdom has been a strong economic and strategic partner. But inside Saudi Arabia, the Royal Family is under attack from Islamic terrorists who are opposed to the regime’s close ties with America. In fact, 15 out of the 19 Hijackers on September 11th were Saudi terrorists. In the wake of 9/11, the American government has been increasingly frustrated by some Saudis’ support for radical Islamic ideas. With so many major issues at stake for both countries, what is the future of the U.S. - Saudi alliance?
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  Thomas Lippman
    Veteran journalist, former Middle East bureau chief with the Washington Post, and author of Inside the Mirage: America’s Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia
  Sandra Mackey
    A journalist who worked secretly inside Saudi Arabia during the Oil Boom of the 1970’s and 1980’s. She is the author of The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom.

Originally Aired: 1/6/2005

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