In my newest piece for Pacific Standard, I look at how the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act makes the already complicated U.S.-Saudi relationship even more convoluted, and how it could impact broader U.S. foreign policy.
Just by being approved by the Senate, the bill underscores how U.S.-Saudi relations have changed, and how that evolving relationship presents Washington with a real political liability. Even if the bill dies and is revived again at a later date, the Saudi government will still view it as an unnecessary risk and a point of contention in its relationship with the U.S. moving forward.
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