Season 23, Episode 7 House of Saud

First Aired: February 8, 2005

Producer Martin Smith looks back over the seven decades that “The House of Saud” has ruled Saudi Arabia and explores the oil-rich kingdom's relations with the U.S. What makes the country tick? Smith points to tension stemming from the “unholy alliance” between the ruling family and the conservative clerics who help keep them in power. It's “barely controlled inside the kingdom,” Smith says. “Once it gets outside the kingdom it could be deadly.”

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