Saudi Arabia, the Arab Spring and the Region
HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, Chairman, King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies
Chair: Lord Williams of Baglan, Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Acting Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House
Saudi Arabia is one of the most strategically important countries in the world, given its energy resources, its location and its influence in both the Arab and Islamic worlds. It faces a range of complex and evolving challenges and opportunities in the region, including issues around Iran's nuclear programme, the conflict in Syria, and, the impact of the forthcoming international troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Domestically, the country is experiencing rapid economic growth and an expanding, youthful and increasingly educated population that are contributing to social changes within the context of a traditional society.
The speaker, former Director General of Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Directorate and a previous ambassador to London and Washington, will offer his personal perspectives on the changes underway in the Arab world. This will include how Saudi Arabia's foreign policy is evolving and the ways in which Saudi society and domestic politics are likely to develop in the years ahead.
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