US / Saudi Relations
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Timothy Mitchell, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil . New York: Verso, 2011. Toby Craig Jones, Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia . Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010.
" America's Kingdom comes as a pleasant surprise... a scholarly and readable book on the interaction between Saudi society and Aramco, the US oil giant that had its beginnings when the Saudi government granted its first concessions to Standard Oil of California in 1933. Combining history with political anthropology, Vitalis sheds a bright light on the origins and less savory aspects of the Saudi-US relationship.
US-Saudi Relations: A Deadly Triangle? Rachel Bronson Thicker Than Oil America’s Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia Council of Foreign Relations, Oxford: Oxford University Press, hardback, 353pp, ISBN-13: 978-0-19-516743 Thicker than Oil investigates the U.S-Saudi relationship after this relationship became controversial in the aftermath of 9/11. It scrutinises the decision making process on both sides, by necessity an account of the policies of kings, presidents, senior cabinet officials, royal confidants and chief intelligence officers (pp. 11). Bronson situates her narrative in between two poles: Saudi bashing in America and anti-Americanism in Saudi Arabia.
This BeastWeek piece by Eli Lake touches on the important topic of the Saudi-led counter-revolution and US policy: Retired Marine Gen. James Jones , who served as national security adviser in 2009-10, told a private meeting at the U.S.
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