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Volume 119, Issue 821
December 2020

Research Article| November 19 2020
Brute Force and Hollow Reforms in Saudi Arabia
Madawi Al-Rasheed
Madawi Al-Rasheed
Madawi Al-Rasheed is a fellow of the British Academy and a visiting professor at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics. Her latest book is The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia (Hurst, 2020).
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Current History (2020) 119 (821): 331–337.
Madawi Al-Rasheed; Brute Force and Hollow Reforms in Saudi Arabia. Current History 19 November 2020; 119 (821): 331–337. doi:
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The rapid ascent of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the past several years has shaken Saudi Arabia. Delegated unusual authority by his aged father, King Salman, the crown prince has promised bold steps to modernize the economy and loosen social restrictions on youth and women. Yet his actions on these fronts have been overshadowed by his ruthless moves to intimidate rivals to the throne and silence dissidents at home and abroad. Mohammed’s aggressive foreign policies have also caused many to question his judgment. Now the COVID-19 pandemic and a fall in the oil market have added to the kingdom’s discontents.
Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, COVID-19,pandemic
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