Can Saudi Arabia Balance Social and Economic Change?

August 09, 2021

The World Bank issued a stark warning in its 2018 outlook for the Saudi economy: “The Kingdom likely faces a looming poverty problem.” The bank has since noted in its 2019 and 2020 outlooks that “while no official information is available on poverty, identifying and...

Will 2018 See MBS Stake a Claim to Greatness?

January 18, 2018

At the end of 2017, Mohammed bin Salman stood alone as the effective ruler of a country he intends to recast in his own expansive image. In 2017, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) marked himself out as a Middle East leader to be reckoned with. The consolidation of his power was...

Saudi Arabia’s Futuristic Ambitions

November 01, 2017

Will Saudi Arabia's ambitious vision for a desert megacity help bring about a new future for the kingdom? In October, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) unveiled Riyadh’s plans for NEOM, a futuristic desert city that he hailed as a “civilizational leap for humanity.”...