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U.S.-SAUDI RELATIONS: Does the U.S.-Saudi Alliance Advance U.S. Interests?
A close alliance with Saudi Arabia gives the United States the opportunity to invest in an expanding market while guaranteeing steady oil prices. Saudi Arabia provides the United States with essential intelligence in the fight against terrorism and lends crucial support for U.S. political and military interests in the Middle East.
The U.S.-Saudi alliance is detrimental to U.S. interests. The United States’ reluctance to condemn Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses weakens American credibility around the world, and the Arab nation’s use of U.S. weapons to create a humanitarian crisis in Yemen has sabotaged regional stability and undermined U.S. foreign policy.
Let your students review the facts and decide for themselves: Does the U.S.-Saudi alliance advance U.S. interests? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this timely issue. Enhance the debate with the discussion questions, “By the Numbers” data, primary sources, Intelligence Squared U.S. debate videos, editorials, and newsfeed that are linked to the article.
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