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New Saudi State, Same Old Problems?

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Room G.01, Ground Floor, Tower 1

1 Clement's Inn

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WC2A 2AZ

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The Saudi state has recently undergone the most wide-ranging elite purge in the history of Arab monarchies. Sweeping away the old oligarchic order, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has orchestrated an unprecedented centralisation of power and resources, yet many structural challenges to the Saudi system remain the same as before.

This talk looks at internal economic challenges facing the country, and the challenges of reforming a state apparatus which remains the key tool for wealth sharing in the kingdom. It also discusses the evolving role of religion and religious actors, as well as the domestic and regional effects of the nationalist discourse used to justify the recent changes.

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Speakers: Steffen Hertog, LSE; Stéphane Lacroix, Sciences Po, Paris.


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Steffen Hertog is Associate Professor in Comparative Politics in the Department of Government at LSE.

Stéphane Lacroix is Associate Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po, Paris and a research fellow at the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales..

Ian Black (@ian_black) is Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE MEC. He is a former Middle East editor, diplomatic editor and European editor for the Guardian newspaper.

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