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Social Reform in the Kingdom: Between “Westernizers” and “Guardians of Virtue”

by Cole Bunzelvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

“These astonishing things that have been happening in the Land of the Two Holy Places … if King Abd al-Aziz were to come out of his grave and witness them, he would not believe that this is his kingdom that he worked so hard to establish and unite.” So lamented Abd al-Muhsin al-‘Abbad, an outspoken Wahhabi cleric, in a late 2017 assessment of the social reforms being implemented in Saudi Arabia. The king in question was the founder of the modern realm, Abd al-Aziz ibn Sa‘ud (d. 1953), who is also the father of the present king, Salman, and grandfather of the new crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman (MbS).

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Bin Salman And The Promise (Or Peril) Of Reform

by Nadav Saminvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A mass drugging is how one young Saudi man in Riyadh described to me Mohammad Bin Salman’s Vision 2030, eight months after its ostentatious launch in April 2016.  Smoke and mirrors, he meant.  Since then, the energetic and youthful Saudi crown prince has surprised his critics by upending a number of his country’s political, economic, and cultural norms.  But can he safely deliver more change to an already rapidly changing society?  How much tinkering can one do with a fragile polity before it cracks under the pressure?

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Saudi Arabia’s Reforms And The United States

by Bernard Haykelvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The reign of King Salman of Saudi Arabia (since January 2015) represents a significant watershed in the history of the kingdom’s system of governance as well as in its domestic and foreign policies. These changes reflect the priorities of the king, who is an absolute monarch. The first, and most important, of these is the handing over of de facto rule to a prince of the younger generation: the king’s 32-year-old son and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (known in the West by his acronym MBS), who will become the reigning monarch upon his father’s passing.

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Those Exceptional Saudis

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

“Exceptionalism” was long claimed for America, at least until a president informed us that every nation considers itself exceptional. However that may be, one place now merits that description: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where past, present, and future are entangled as nowhere else; a family, a state, a religion, and an empire variously maneuver for prominence depending on the lens through which the outside world views them. Which is it? What is Saudi Arabia? And how much can it move the political markets of world affairs?

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The Caravan: Change In Saudi Arabia

via The Caravan
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Issue 1818 of The Caravan is now available online. The journal is a periodic symposium on the contemporary dilemmas of the Greater Middle East.


Michael McFaul: An American Ambassador In Putin's Russia

interview with Michael McFaulvia Kickass News
Monday, June 18, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses his role helping craft the US-Russia "reset" and what went wrong, Putin's end-game, and his new book From Cold War To Hot Peace.


Former Ambassadors Kathleen Stephens And Michael McFaul On The North Korea Summit

interview with Michael McFaulvia World Class
Friday, June 15, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses the historic meeting that took place on June 12, in Singapore between President Trump and Kim Jong-un.


Immigrant Overload, Not Brexit, Heralds The End Of The European Union

by Niall Fergusonvia South China Morning Post
Monday, June 18, 2018

It is rather hard to imagine a similar play being written about the European Union in the early 21st century. The influx of migrants would have precisely the opposite effect. Far from leading to fusion, Europe's migration crisis is leading to fission.


The Dream And The Nightmare Of Globalization

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, June 18, 2018

Globalization did not deliver as promised.


North Korea Has Come In Out Of The Cold — A Positive Step

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Singapore summit changed the old dynamics and raised the prospects for a geostrategic revolution in East Asia.


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