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Biden Wants to Promote Human Rights in the Middle East. Is He Willing to Pay the Price?

The Saudi crown prince, Erdogan and Sissi are promising reforms, but the people have heard that one before. Will Biden be willing to sacrifice Washington’s strategic and diplomatic interests?

A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
Zvi Bar'el
A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
Zvi Bar'el

According to early leaks from the investigation, an American intelligence report is expected to place full responsibility for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. White House press secretary Jen Psaki has already announced that President Joe Biden intends to “recalibrate” U.S. relations with Riyadh, mainly because of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

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