MENA Salon: Saudi Arabia: Image and Reality in an Era of Reform

Workshop | September 14 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Since Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman took power in June 2017, Saudi Arabia has become the center of international media attention on its new found reform agenda–from granting women the right to drive, effective in June 2018, to restricting the powers of the religious police, to new found connections and investments between the Kingdom and Silicon Valley. These reforms have not come without their critics. Many have grown skeptical in the face of the 2017 crackdown on corruption, leading to the house arrest of many prominent figures in the royal family, the continued and intensified war on Yemen, and the arrests of numerous women’s rights activists. During this week’s Salon, we will delve deeper into recent developments in the era of reform in the Kingdom.