Gulf Roundtable: Saudi Arabia: Domestic Dynamics and Regional Policies
Saudi debate on a range of social and regional policy issues has expanded considerably over the last five years. Much of this discussion is driven by the media which has expanded its coverage of women’s rights, freedom of speech, and government accountability. For the first time, commentators are also calling for the government to use Saudi Arabia’s political and economic clout to chart a more activist regional policy, particularly vis-à-vis Iran and Iraq. Dr. Gregory Gause, professor of political science at the University of Vermont, suggests the King is listening to a certain extent. He offered his assessment of Saudi Arabia’s shifting domestic dynamics and regional policies at a CSIS Gulf Roundtable event on May 21, 2010.