Simon Henderson is the Baker fellow and director of the Bernstein Program on Gulf and Energy Policy at The Washington Institute, specializing in energy matters and the conservative Arab states of the Persian Gulf.
Articles & Testimony
Despite the recent emphasis on Washington’s “oil vs. human rights” dilemma, the visit’s greatest impact may wind up falling in the Arab-Israel arena.
Yesterday’s big news for the Middle East was the announcement of the July 13-16 dates and some details of President Biden’s arguably long overdue trip to the Middle East. But understated in the coverage was the mounting speculation that the trip could lead to a Saudi-Israel breakthrough, which would radically alter the politics of the Middle East. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect is the way it could enhance the well-established security and developing economic links that remain essentially clandestine...