The West’s Ties With the Gulf States No Longer Make Strategic Sense

U.S. President Joe Biden participates in a working session with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
U.S. President Joe Biden participates in a working session with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 15, 2022 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

The rise and decline of the West’s strategic commitment to Indochina from the 1950s to the 1970s should be kept in mind when examining U.S. and European relations with the Gulf monarchies today. Though ties between the two sides are still extensive, U.S. and European policymakers are reassessing their commitment to the region.

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