The Hypocrisy of the U.S.-Saudi Relationship

Jordanian diplomat Saleh al-Kallab once famously likened the U.S.-Saudi relationship to “a Catholic marriage where you can have no divorce.” The U.S.-Saudi relationship is the epitome of hypocrisy in American foreign policy. While the Saudi government commits heinous crimes against its people and institutes unfair policies, the U.S. is unable to take productive action due to our need for Saudi oil, reliance on our military bases inside their country, and desire for an ally in the region. In President Obama’s official statement regarding King Abdullah’s recent death, he alluded to…

Transition in Tunisia: A Post-Arab Spring Democracy

Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, has proven this month that it is one of the most successful post-revolution states in an otherwise divided region. Two weeks ago, Tunisia held its second national election since its 2011 Arab Spring uprising. The election was the first under the newly instated constitution and was the first full parliamentary election after the resignation of Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in January of 2011. Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring protests, has had one of the least violent transitions of the…