Saudi Arabia in Transition

Exploring the dynamics of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to promote a more meritocratic system in a society historically tied to primordial obligations.

Saudi Arabia is seeking to undergo an ambitious transformation as part of its Vision 2030 plan for economic and social development. Following on research that began with Ties that Bind: Family, Tribe, Nation, and the Rise of Arab Individualism, the CSIS Middle East Program seeks to understand the dynamics of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to promote a more meritocratic system in a society that has long stressed the importance of primordial obligations.

This project is made possible through general support to CSIS.