Saudi-US Relations: Troubled Past. Uncertain Future

Thomas Lippman

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021
Place: The Country Club of Rochester
Time: 6:30 Reception; 7:00 Dinner; 8:00 Speaker
Cost: $45 per person, includes beverage, dinner, and service
Entrée: Prime Rib or Pasta Primavera. Please specify when you make
your reservation. [All other non-beef meals will be $40]
Please bring your mask for personal protection.

Registration Policy:
To register contact Christine Grout at or call 585-260-9286

Then mail in your check for the dinner[s] to: WACR, PO Box 65, Pittsford, NY 14534 no later than Sept. 7.


Thomas W. Lippman, author and journalist, has written about Middle Eastern affairs and American foreign policy for four decades, specializing in Saudi Arabia and relations between the West and Islam. A former Middle East bureau chief of the Washington Post, he also covered oil and energy and traveled frequently to the Middle East as the Post’s national security and foreign policy reporter. Prior work included covering Vietnam and Cambodia during the war. He has written eight books about the Middle East and Islam – the latest, “Crude Oil, Crude Money: Aristotle Onassis, Saudi Arabia, and the CIA,” was published in 2019. He was an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington and an Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and frequently lectures on Gulf regional affairs at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School, the National Defense University, the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, and the Brookings Institution, and also consults with film producers, the CIA, the National Counterterrorism Center, and private-sector corporations. He is currently “Nonresident scholar” at the Middle East Institute.