The Jamal Khashoggi Affair and US-Saudi Relations

Key sectors: oil & gas; defence

Key risks: sanctions; non-granting of export licences; oil prices

The Khashoggi Affair could have serious implications on Saudi Arabia relations with the United States (US). However, in AKE’s baseline case, the Khashoggi Affair will temporarily strain relations between Washington and Riyadh, but the countries’ interests are likely to remain sufficiently in line – despite increase domestic shale production in the US – and as with past disputes, relations are likely to normalise.

In this special report AKE assess the potential impact of Khashoggi's killing on US-Saudi relations, highlighting the risk of sanctions, arms' embargos and Riyadh's potential use of its 'oil weapon'.

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