Saudi Arabia in Transition

TUE, SEP 26, 2017 (29:37)

As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to its drastic decline in oil revenue, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to bring new ideas and a new future to his country. These changes include focusing on younger generations and potentially bringing change to old customs, including allowing women to drive. During this transition of power and ideas, from one leader to another, how will Saudi Arabia cope with the rapidly changing base of its society? How will the U.S. continue its relationship with the changing country, taking into consideration their many common interests, but also vast amounts of differences and limitations, in order to seek productive change? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Karen Elliott House addresses some of these questions.

Photo: The White House from Washington, DC. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

+ BIO: Karen Elliott House

Karen Elliott House is a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Elliott House retired in 2006 as publisher of The Wall Street Journal, senior vice president of Dow Jones & Company, and a member of the company’s executive committee. She is a broadly experienced business executive with particular expertise and experience in international affairs stemming from a distinguished career as a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and editor.

She is author of On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future, published in September 2012 by Knopf.

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