Global Journalist: Saudi Arabia's Turbulent Prince

Aug 9, 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman
Credit (White House)

Saudi Arabia's 32-year-old crown prince has already shaken up both Saudi Arabia’s internal politics as well as its foreign relations.

Mohammad bin Salman has detained prominent members of the royal family and businessmen after accusing them of corruption. He’s lifted restrictions that barred women from driving or operating businesses. He’s outlined a bold plan to wean Saudi Arabia’s economy from oil dependence.

But bin Salman has also escalated Saudi Arabia’s war in neighboring Yemen, triggering one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. He’s feuded with nearby Qatar and Lebanon and intensified Saudi Arabia’s rivalry with its historical foe, Iran. Even Canada hasn't escaped his wrath.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at a prince upending the politics of both Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. 


Joining the program:

  • Joseph Westphal, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia and now senior global fellow at the Lauder Institute at Wharton
  • Elizabeth Dickinson, senior analyst on the Arabian peninsula at International Crisis Group
  • Andreas Krieg, assistant professor of defence studies at King's College London
  • Hiba Zayadin, acting researcher on Saudi Arabia for Human Rights Watch

Producers: Edom Kassaye, Yanqi Xu