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The Saudis’ Reputation: A Tale Told in Three Acts

With the killing of Jamal Khashoggi hanging over the start of the G20, how leaders interacted with the Saudi crown prince revealed their relative positions of power.
Source: Marcos Brindicci / Reuters

The big question ahead of the G20 summit in Argentina was how world leaders would greet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid the fallout over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. We now have the answer: He was embraced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently admonished by French President Emmanuel Macron, and mostly ignored by President Donald Trump.

U.S. intelligence agencies say the Saudi crown prince, known

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