MENASourceJun 6, 2023
The US has learned to work with governments that the president isn’t close to. Saudi Arabia is no different.
By David Mack
Given their different historical experiences, relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States will always be a work in progress.
David Mack is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs. He is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs (1990-1993) and US Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1986-1989). Mack’s US diplomatic assignments included Iraq, Jordan, Jerusalem, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. He has expertise on US Middle East policy and the security of the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf region. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University.