Michael Stephens

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Michael Stephens is the Research Fellow for Middle East Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), and Head of RUSI Qatar.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Saudi Arabia: Why We Need This Flawed Ally

Editor's Note: The West's relationship with its Saudi ally is one of the world's most troubling alliances. Saudi Arabia's conservative culture rejects many Western ideals, and many observers see the Kingdom as a hotbed of support for extremism. Michael Stephens of RUSI and Thomas Juneau of the University of Ottawa examine the foundations of the U.S.-Saudi alliance and argue that the partnership remains vital even though many of the assumptions that undergird the relationship are in flux.