Turkey and Saudi Arabia have had an uneasy relationship for years. They have disagreed over a range of regional issues, the most recent being the disappearance of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul over two weeks ago. There are a number of missing details in this story, including why a Saudi citizen who lived in self-imposed exile in the United States would enter a Saudi Consulate merely to obtain a document for his upcoming marriage. The mystery has sparked a media firestorm and speculation that this incident could develop into a crisis between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and hurt relations between Riyadh and Washington. But broader geopolitical forces and shared interests will supersede any tensions arising from the Khashoggi case. Sure, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have reasons to distrust one another in the long term. But they also have reasons to cooperate, and allowing this incident to disrupt relations would be too risky for th
Turkish-Saudi Relations: Taking the Long View
Their shared interests will supersede any tensions arising from the Khashoggi case.