History

Eyewitness to Historic Navy Mission to Jeddah
02/24/2010

Eyewitness to Historic Navy Mission to Jeddah

Editor’s Note: This month marks the 65th anniversary of a landmark meeting between King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt onboard the U.S. Navy cruiser Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake segment of the Suez Canal.  The February 14, 1945 meeting was the first face-to-face contact between top American and Saudi […]

President Roosevelt and King Abdulaziz Meeting – Bronson
02/23/2010

President Roosevelt and King Abdulaziz Meeting – Bronson

Editor’s Note: Yesterday SUSRIS began a week-long observance of the 65th anniversary of the historic meeting between President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdulaziz on February 14, 1945.  It launched the official relationship between Washington and Riyadh that has been one of America’s longest-standing strategic partnerships and set the building blocks in place for the cooperation that […]

65th Anniversary of Key Saudi-US Meeting
02/22/2010

65th Anniversary of Key Saudi-US Meeting

Editor’s Note: This month marks the 65th anniversary of a landmark meeting between King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt onboard the U.S. Navy cruiser Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake segment of the Suez Canal. The February 14, 1945 meeting was the first face-to-face contact between top American and Saudi […]

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1979-2009: Evolution of a Pivotal State – “Viewpoints” Special Edition – Middle East Institute
11/16/2009

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1979-2009: Evolution of a Pivotal State – “Viewpoints” Special Edition – Middle East Institute

The Middle East Institute recently released a special edition of “Viewpoints” addressing the “important developments in Saudi Arabia’s domestic and external affairs since” the watershed year of 1979. It was that year, according to Thomas Lippman in a “Viewpoints” essay, that “Saudis now remember .. as a difficult year because of distressing political events at home and overseas: the Iranian Revolution, the extremist takeover of the Great Mosque in Mecca, Shi‘ite rioting in the Eastern Province, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Discovery! The Search for Arabian Oil
05/31/2008

Discovery! The Search for Arabian Oil

A fascinating account of the early days in the “search for Arabian oil” [was published September 18, 2007] by Selwa Press of California. It is the first publication of Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner’s “Discovery!,” written in the 1950s, in the United States, and the story of bringing it to your book store, as Thomas Lippman writes in the book’s foreword, “is a complicated and murky tale, almost as interesting as the story recounted in its pages.”