Redefining Saudi Arabia: Domestic and Regional Implications

As Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman proceeds with plans to diversify the Saudi economy and attract foreign investment, he has sent shock waves around the world with unprecedented moves that supporters claim will end a culture of corruption, but critics insist will simply consolidate power in his hands. This series examines the events that are central to this redefinition of the kingdom and their implications for the Saudi state, its society and the region as a whole.

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Hariri Resignation Signals Intensified Saudi-Iranian Rivalry in Lebanon

The resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri almost certainly signals the determination of Saudi Arabia and its allies to intensify their regional confrontation with Iran and its clients in Lebanon and beyond.

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The Saudi Cultural Revolution

The arrests of 11 princes and numerous prominent political and business personalities in Saudi Arabia this week might best be described as a frontal attack on the existing order of business among Saudi elites.

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Mohammed bin Salman’s Plan to Moderate Islam in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) announced that his country would “return to moderate Islam.”

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Rising Stakes in Saudi Arabia’s Transformation

The transformation underway in Saudi Arabia continues to send regular shockwaves through business and diplomatic circles.

Oil Producers Hammer Out Compromise Deal in Vienna; Extent of Cuts Unclear

Looking to boost oil prices, OPEC and its non-OPEC allies have agreed to curtail oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day, but the volume of barrels taken off the market may prove to be much higher.

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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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