Tuesday, January 30th 6:30pm
Bruce Riedel spent decades following the kings of Saudi Arabia and their American counterparts during his career at the CIA, the White House, and Brookings. Now, both countries have new, still-to be-tested leaders in President Trump and King Salman. In his new book Kings and Presidents, Riedeloffers an insider’s account of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, with insights that only a true insider can share. Using newly declassified documents, memoirs by both Saudis and Americans, and eyewitness accounts, Riedel takes the reader inside the royal palaces, the holy cities, and the White House to gain an understanding of this complex partnership.
Bruce Riedel is a senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, part of the Brookings Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. In addition, Riedel serves as a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy. He retired in 2006 after 30 years of service at the Central Intelligence Agency, including postings overseas. He was a senior advisor on South Asia and the Middle East to the last four presidents of the United States in the staff of the National Security Council at the White House. He was also deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Near East and South Asia at the Pentagon and a senior advisor at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels.