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The Death of Jamal Khashoggi:  What’s Next for Saudi Arabia and US-Saudi Relations?

October 24, 2018

President Trump’s response to the disappearance-turned-murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Turkey has raised deep concerns among the diplomatic community. Saudi Arabia maintains that the journalist for the Washington Post was killed by “rogue agents,” but questions still swirl about Khashoggi’s murder, and this will serve as the basis for the discussion “The Death of Jamal Khashoggi: What’s Next for Saudi Arabia and US-Saudi Relations.”

Sponsored by the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University on Monday, October 29, 2018, at 5:30 PM, a discussion by faculty experts will be held in 2404 Memorial Student Center on the A&M campus and is open to the public.

The death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of agents of Saudi Arabia in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, has dominated headlines all over the world for two weeks.  Mr. Khashoggi had chosen to leave Saudi Arabia and take up residence in Washington, DC, where he wrote critically about the Saudi leadership, including Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, for the Washington Post. 

Khashoggi’s death, and the shifting Saudi stories about it, has roiled Saudi relations with the United States, Turkey, and other countries.  This panel will discuss the background of Mr. Khashoggi’s death, the implications for politics in Saudi Arabia, and the future of US-Saudi relations. 
Bush School faculty participating in the discussion are Dr. F. Gregory Gause III, Head of the Department of International Affairs and an expert on the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf, and Dr. Erin Snider, Assistant Professor and expert on the regional political economy of the Middle East.