Lippman Looks at Saudi Affairs
The Saudi-US Relations Information Service (SUSRIS), interviews Tom Lippman, author of Inside the Mirage: America’s Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia [My review here]. I consider Lippman, as Rachel Bronson and Anthony Cordesman, among the best observers of Saudi Arabia. I look forward to his newest book, coming out next year.
The interview covers a lot of ground, from the obvious questions about Saudi stability and its worries and reactions to the political turmoil that surrounds it, to Iran and Yemen, to Israel, and to the ability of the Saudi government to force change on a reluctant population. The failure of Saudization and education as well as the lack of depth of knowledge about regional affairs by the Obama Administration all come up for discussion. It’s a good overview from a good observer. Worth reading the whole thing.
The Challenge of Change in Saudi Arabia:
A Conversation with Thomas Lippman