The Kingdom and the Power

An Interview with F. Gregory Gause III

With a new king on the throne, a newly empowered Iran on the rise, a war in Yemen, and a period of difficulty with the U.S., Saudi Arabia has — as the saying goes — a lot on its plate right now. F. Gregory Gause III, head of the International Affairs Department at the Bush School of Government and Public Service and a widely-published expert on the Kingdom, lays out the threads that entangle oil, politics, religion, and power in an important U.S. partner and regional leader.

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