The West Must Stay Friends with the House of Saud:
Sir Andrew Green, Former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Syria; Robert Lacey, a British historian who has lived in Saudi Arabia and is the author of the international best seller The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Saud; and Senator Wyche Fowler, US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia spoke for the motion.
Dr Mark Heller, Principal Research Associate at Tel Aviv University and author of numerous works on Middle Eastern political and strategic affairs; John R. Bradley, author of Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis; and Jason Burke, chief reporter of The Observer and author of al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam spoke against the motion.
The debate, held on March 23, 2005, was chaired by radio presenter and journalist Jim Naughtie.
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