The U.S.-Saudi Spat Is Over More Than Just Oil Prices

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U.S. President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrive for the group photo during the GCC+3 meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 16, 2022 (pool photo by Mandel Ngan via AP).

The latest row between Washington and Riyadh over the decision by OPEC+ to cut oil production is not just a dispute over oil prices. It is a more fundamental divide between the U.S. and most of its Middle East security partners over what’s at stake in the war in Ukraine, and how each side sees the current geopolitical map.

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