Webinar: The G20 Presidency: Saudi Arabia's Goals, Priorities and Challenges

Panellists assess Saudi Arabia’s G20 goals and achievements alongside domestic economic challenges, its future relationship with the United States and wider regional developments.

Research event
17 November 2020 — 2:00PM TO 3:00PM

Saudi Arabia will be hosting virtually the G20 on 21 November at a time of global economic uncertainty due to the impact of COVID-19 and declining oil prices.

The summit has prioritized the theme of ‘protecting lives and restoring growth,’ with G20 countries having contributed USD 21 billion to COVID-19 research and USD 11 trillion to collectively stabilize the global economy.

Beset by criticism over the war in Yemen underway since 2015 and human rights violations from the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the detention of women as well as other activists, the G20 was seen as an opportunity for the Saudi leadership to demonstrate their global and regional relevance.

This webinar will be livestreamed on the MENA Programme Facebook page.


Dr Hanaa Almoaibed, Research Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
David Rundell, Former Chief of Mission, American Embassy in Riyadh; Author, Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads
Dr Abdulaziz Sager, Chairman, Gulf Research Center; Chair, T20 Task Force on the Future of Multilateralism & Global Governance
Moderator: Dr Sanam Vakil, Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

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