The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is proud to host a Directors’ Lunch on “The U.S.-Saudi Relationship: Future Challenges” with Rachel Bronson, Senior Fellow and Director of Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Dr. Bronson recently concluded work on her book Thicker than Oil:  America’s Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia (Oxford University Press, April 2006).  Previously, she co-directed  the January 2003  report “Guiding Principles for US Post-Conflict Policy in Iraq,” co-sponsored by CFR and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. 

Dr. Bronson is the recipient of the Carnegie Corporation’s 2003 Carnegie Scholars award.  She has served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and a Fellow at Harvard's Center for Science and International Affairs. Dr. Bronson has testified before the Congressional Anti-Terrorist Finance Task Force, Congress’ Joint Economic Committee and the 9/11 Commission. She has also served as a consultant to NBC News and the Center for Naval Analyses. 

Her writing has appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, The National Interest, Survival, The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune.  She has commented extensively in the media including The Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, NBC, BBC, NPR, The Charlie Rose Show, al-Jazeera and appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Dr. Bronson received her doctorate from Columbia University in Political Science in 1997.