Biden and Putin compete for attention in an evolving Gulf

Issue 1152 - 31 Jul 2022 | 5 minute read

For all the build-up, United States President Joe Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia on 15-16 July ended up being a distinctly underwhelming occasion. The grubby compromises of realpolitik were on clear display, but without the glittering prizes of any ‘historic’ breakthrough, either in political or economic terms.

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