A call to end US-Saudi Arms sales (2017)
. This article is a good quick overview of the the pros and cons of the sales. It also has critical background information on the conflict in Yemen and some of the humanitarian consequences of the war.
Trump touts Saudi Arms Sales
(March 2018). This article covers the visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MSB) to the US and Trump’s efforts to boost relationships with Saudi Arabia. It also discusses the current arms deal. It is a very brief article.
US has ratched up arms sales to Saudi Arabia
(October 2018). This is a very short article that says the US doesn’t want to cancel arms sales to Saudi Arabia after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a murder almost certainly committed by the Saudi government. The article is very short, but there are some useful infographics that show the expanding arms sales.
Countries still selling arms to the Kingdom
(May 2018). This article reviews the major arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia and argues that the US is the dominant supplier. It does suggest that China and Russia could possibly
fill in if the US were to reduce its sales, though it also points out that they are very small
Europeans cut Saudi arms sales
(March 2018). This article discusses the potential inconsistency between the sales and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) but also argues other countries won’t limit sales to comply (if needed) with the treaty.
For all Trump’s talk, Saudis don’t buy that much US stuff
(December 2018). This article argues that Saudi Arabia’s purchases are irrelevant to the US economy, that they are even smaller in total volume than US exports to Switzerland. This is useful to answer the argument that sales are important to the US economy.
Saudi Arms Sales
(October 2018). This article argues that arms sales do not benefit the US economically and that the Saudis can’t get the weapons from China, Russia, or Europe.
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Saudis to Cut Military Spending (December 2018). This article argues that the Saudis are reducing military spending and likely drawing down the war in Yemen.
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