On Geopolitics

When Human Rights Become a Handicap to U.S. Foreign Policy

Reva Goujon
VP of Global Analysis, Stratfor
Nov 8, 2018 | 12:00 GMT
People take part in a candlelight vigil to remember journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 25, 2018.

People take part in a candlelight vigil to remember journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 25. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and critic of the Saudi regime, went missing after entering the consulate on Oct. 2. More than two weeks later Riyadh announced that he had been killed.

(CHRIS MCGRATH/Getty Images)

In May 2017 speech in Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States was looking for "partners, not perfection." And perhaps no one was listening more intently to that message than an excitable young Saudi prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who was merely days away from kicking his older cousin out of the line of succession while preparing to take the reins of the kingdom....

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