Middle East

Obama’s Legacy in the Gulf: Despite Disgruntlement, US Remains Indispensable

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) greets the Minister of the National Guard of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mitib bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud(R), as he hosts an honor cordon at the steps of the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on Nov. 21, 2014. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) greets the Minister of the National Guard of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mitib bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud(R), as he hosts an honor cordon at the steps of the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on Nov. 21, 2014. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

To Saudi Arabia and its Arab partners of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the United States in six years of Barack Obama’s presidency has become...




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