MENA Salon: International Fallout After Khashoggi Disappearance

Workshop | October 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

As new details emerge in the disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, fallout from technology companies, investment firms, art institutions, and Western political ties has grown. Those who have seen Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), as a reformer and game changer have scrambled to address the diplomatic and public relations blow back. The disappearance of Khashoggi and the previous detention and reported torture of dozens of Saudis in the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh back in 2017 comes into sharp relief with the promoted economic reforms and liberalization of Saudi society. In light of this fallout, what are we to make of this international outrage, particularly from Western politicians with close financial ties and economic investments in the stability and prosperity of the Kingdom? Why has the Khashoggi case drawn such international ire in ways the prolonged and brutal Saudi assault on Yemen has not? In this week's salon, we will delve deeper into this case and what it means for the region and Saudi's international players.

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