Saudi Arabia

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The Line: A Promising Vision for a Progressive Future?

Regardless of whether The Line comes to fruition, the most important aspect of the project may be its promotion of a new vision of urban living.

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The Centralization of Economic Policymaking in the Kingdom

Robert Mogielnicki discusses the centralization of economic policymaking and the consolidation of power amid the fast pace of new initiatives in the kingdom since the launch of Vision 2030.

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Keep the Faith: Mohammed bin Salman’s Message to Saudis

On April 27, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sat down for a television interview five years after the announcement of Vision 2030.

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Saudi Arabia’s Economic Strategy: From Kitchen Sink to Virtuous Cycle?

The pace and scope of economic development initiatives and policies announced during the first five years of Saudi Vision 2030 have been dizzying, but any eventual progress is likely to be either broad and incremental or narrow and deep.

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Saudi Ramadan Series Links Economic Development and Civic Duty

This year’s Ramadan initiatives, focused on a sense of community and contributions to development, demonstrate how the Saudi government increasingly relies on citizens to play a role in the ongoing transformation.

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All the Kings’ Sons

Recent leadership transitions in the Gulf monarchies are crystallizing a trend toward direct lineage and away from fraternal succession, consolidating decision making and centralizing state power.

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U.S.-Saudi Relations: How To Work With, and Rein In, Mohammed bin Salman

Kristin Smith Diwan sat down with F. Gregory Gause III to discuss his March 30 piece for Foreign Affairs, “The United States Is the Last Check on MBS’s Power.”

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Russia’s Expanding Cooperation with Gulf Arab Countries on Syria

Russia hopes that engaging Gulf Arab countries could encourage their investments in Syria’s reconstruction process and facilitate Syria’s return to the Arab League.

OPEC+ Oil Producers Hold Course as Demand Worries Persist

Saudi Arabia and Russia appear to be on the same page now, but OPEC+ will have to consider the impacts of its market management policies if it wants to avoid the pitfalls that have contributed to oil price volatility in the past.

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Through its careful examination of the forces shaping the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, AGSIW facilitates a richer understanding of the role the countries in this key geostrategic region can be expected to play in the 21st century.

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