British GQ - January-February 2019

British GQ - January-February 2019

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The torture and brutal murder of Saudi Arabia’s best-known journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, has become an increasingly totemic event in the fraught recent history of the US’s most influential Middle Eastern ally. Ever since the start of the two countries’ special relationship – in 1933, when full diplomatic relations were finally established – the tensions between them have been predictably attritional, with the US seemingly always prepared to overlook many of the Saudis’ archaic, controversial and fundamentally conservative aspects in exchange for the creation of an institutionalised oil supply system and the continued promise of political and military support in the world’s most complex, conflicted region. Over the past 20 years, this relationship has been tested many, many times, and while on the surface the progressively strained relationship appeared to be (perhaps remarkably) temporarily assuaged by Donald Trump’s visit last year (his first overseas trip as president), the global outcry over the callous assassination of the outspoken Khashoggi has shattered any suggestion of détente, at least in the eyes of the US’s Western partners.

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