State-society dialogue in Saudi Arabia is one of the most contested issues in the country today, and yet very little is known about this process.
Dr Hoda Abdulrahman Al-Helaissi, Member of the Majlis Al Shura, Saudi Arabia
Dr Elham Mahjoob Ahmed Hassanain, Member of the Majlis Al Shura, Saudi Arabia
Dr Mark Thompson, Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
The speakers provide an overview of the ongoing national dialogue process and reflect on the extent to which the aspirations of contemporary Saudi society can be met through a dialogue process. Discussion focuses on the socio-political shifts taking place in Saudi Arabia, including on issues such as women’s empowerment, employment, education and the role of social media.