Saudi Arabia: America’s Ally Against Terrorism

Saudi Arabia: America’s Ally Against Terrorism

America's longstanding, and often close, relationship with Saudi Arabia has come under widespread criticism since the terrorist attacks of September 2001. America Abroad examines the role Saudi Arabia has played in the rise of Islamic terrorism, its influence in the Middle East and its potential role in the war against terrorism. 

Guests on this program include:

  • Max Rodenbeck, Middle East correspondent with The Economist
  • Chas Freeman, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • Richard Haass, former Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council
  • Mai Yamani, Saudi-Arabian activist, writer and anthropologist
  • Gregory Gause, director of the Middle East Studies program at the University of Vermont
  • Michael Doran, Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs National Security Council
Segment 1

Margaret Warner speaks with Max Rodenbeck, Middle East correspondent with The Economist, for an update on Saudi Arabia's current efforts to combat Islamic terrorism inside the Kingdom.

Segment 2

Garrick Utley shares the history of Saudi Arabia, the role of Wahhabism, and the Kingdom's relationship with the United States.

Segment 3

Ron Nessen looks back at the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91, and the origins and consequences of Saudi Arabia's decision to permit the basing of American troops in the Kingdom.

Segment 4

Steve Roberts talks with young Saudi women about the role of religion in Saudi society, and American perceptions of life in Saudi Arabia.

Segment 5

Margaret Warner moderates a discussion about the domestic challenges facing the Saudi Kingdom and the stability of the Saudi monarchy.