MEC Webinar: MT20: Week 4: The New Populist Nationalism in Saudi Arabia

Conveners: St Antony's College Middle East Centre

Speakers: Madawi Al-Rasheed (KCL and LSE) and Ben Hubbard (The New York Times)


The seminar discusses the simultaneous phenomena of reform and repression in Saudi Arabia under Crown Prince Muhammad ibn Salman. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has seen swift social and economic changes, including women being granted the right to drive and efforts to diversify the economy. The same period has also seen waves of detention, heightened restrictions on free speech and the flight of Saudis abroad. How will these changes interact as Saudi Arabia moves forward?

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