Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (L) welcomes U.S. President Barack Obama at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh June 3, 2009 (REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed).

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Reassuring Riyadh: The Enemy of My Enemy Is [Fill In the Blank]

March 27, 2014, Suzanne Maloney

President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today on a much-anticipated mission to assuage the barely-concealed irritation of America’s oldest and most influential Arab ally. The question that Obama and Saudi King Abdullah ought to be addressing today is not how to resuscitate the ghost of the past partnership, but whether it is possible to construct and effective alliance that maximizes the possibilities of cooperation and minimizes the areas of conflict.

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