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The Realist Prism: Kerry’s Saudi Trip Can’t Realign Long-Term Interests

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Saudi Arabia earlier this week to mend fraying U.S. ties with the kingdom, which remains one of America's key partners in the Middle East. At the end of his visit, in a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud, Kerry declared that U.S.-Saudi ties are "strategic" and "enduring." 

But if the Obama administration now believes that things are back on track, it should reconsider that assessment. Given the current overlap between Washington and Riyadh's regional and global interests, both countries will continue to work closely together, but the coming years will be marked by a higher degree of dissonance in the relationship. ...

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