World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Reform in Saudi Arabia: Real Change or Consolidation of Power?
Are Mohammed bin Salman's reforms largely being enacted to modernize the nation or as a method to consolidate his power and weaken those who might challenge his authority? Or are they being carried out in light of the understanding that the kingdom must reduce its massive overdependence on oil, diversify its economy and bring more women into the workforce? What are the implications of these reforms for Saudi Arabia, the broader Middle East and relations with the U.S.?
Panelists including former U.S. Ambassador Robert Jordan, Dina Alsowayel, and Greg Gause will discuss these topics.