Saudi Arabia and the United States

Saudi Arabia and the United States

Birth of a Security Partnership
Parker T. Hart
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/22/1999
Format: Hardback 19 b&w photos, 1 map
ISBN: 978-0-253-33460-2
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... a unique historical document about one of the key relationships we have with states of the Middle East." —Richard B. Parker

From 1944 to 1965, concluding with his ambassadorship to Saudi Arabia, Parker T. Hart played a critical role in building the U.S.-Saudi security relationship that remains to this day a key aspect of American diplomacy in the Middle East. His account sheds new light on watershed events in our diplomatic history, and his portraits of three Saudi rulers provide insights into current issues that have been politically sensitive over the long term.

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Parker T. Hart is a retired Career Minister of the United States Foreign Service and former assistant secretary of state for Near East and South Asian affairs. He has served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Turkey. His other diplomatic posts have included minister to the Yemen and director of the Foreign Service Institute. He is author of Two NATO Allies at the Threshold of War.

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““. . . a unique historical document about one of the key relationships we have with states of the Middle East.” —Richard B. Parker From 1944 to 1965, concluding with his ambassadorship to Saudi Arabia, Parker T. Hart played a critical role in building the U.S.-Saudi security relationship that remains to this day a key aspect of American diplomacy in the Middle East. His account sheds new light on watershed events in our diplomatic history, and his portraits of three Saudi rulers provide insights into current issues that have been politically sensitive over the long term.”

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Walter L. Cutler
About the Author
Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue—History in the Making: A Portrait of King Abd al-Aziz Saud
Part 1: Diplomacy of an Air Base
1. Troubled U.S.-British Cooperation
2. Early Presidential Assurances and the Arab Call to Unity
Part 2: The Restless Search for Boundaries
3. The Eleven Year of King Saud: Cold War and Area Pressures
4. Saud Besieged: Nasser, Dhahran Airfield, and Faisal
Part 3: Collapse of an Ancient System
5. Buildup to Confrontation: Egypt, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia
6. Yemen: Collapse of an Ancient System
Part 4: Violence and Mediation
7. The 1963 Bunker Mission and Beyond
8. Operation Hardsurface and the UN Observer Mission in Yemen
9. The Deposing of King Saud: Faisal's Accession
Epilogue
Postscript
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index