“The Transformation of Saudi Arabia and the Geopolitics of the Middle East”, a Conversation with Prof. Bernard Haykel

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    2018•05•23    18:30 - 19:30

    On 23 May 2018, UNU will host “The Transformation of Saudi Arabia and the Geopolitics of the Middle East” a conversation with Prof. Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    2017 was a dynamic year in the Middle East. But while the Syrian war, US politics vis-à-vis the region, and the defeat of ISIL in Iraq seized news headlines, a different matter may have a significant impact for decades to come. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in the midst of one of its most important political, social, and economic transformations. A young leader has emerged in Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, and the Saudi Vision 2030 announced by the Crown Prince could signal a host of changes that would be inconsistent with the image of Saudi Arabia across the world. Will this vision come to fruition? And if so, how will this transformation resonate throughout the Middle East?

    Prof. Haykel will join Ms Cale Salih, Research Officer at the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation examining elements of Saudi Arabia’s transformation, the probability of its success, and its potential impact across a volatile region and beyond.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 22 May) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Bernard Haykel is a Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, where he is also Director of the Program in Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East. Prof. Haykel is an eminent scholar of the Arabian Peninsula, who has advised the US, British, Saudi Arabian and Qatari Governments. He is also the Chairman of the Arabia Foundation’s Advisory Board and is a frequent contributor to print and broadcast media.

    Prof. Haykel is the author and editor of several acclaimed books, including Saudi Arabia in Transition (2014) and Revival and Reform in Islam (2003). He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford.


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