Last week, the 9/11 Memorial Museum hosted a special public program on recent developments related to Saudi Arabia, from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to characterize the kingdom as forward-looking, to more controversial events such as the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and ongoing involvement in the Yemeni Civil War.
American Enterprise Institute scholar Karen E. Young and journalist Hassan Hassan spoke with Senior Vice President for Education and Public Programs Noah Rauch about Saudi Arabia’s current sociopolitical and economic climate.
Both Hassan and Young touched on America’s increasingly divisive association with the kingdom. “One flaw in American foreign policy, especially in the region, is there’s no long-term, durable, enduring policies that ensure that extremism stays dead when it’s killed,” said Hassan.
In the clip below, Young questions what’s next for Saudi Arabia:
“There’s truly a crisis of governance and there’s a crisis of the social contract in the Gulf right now. So with the imposition of all these economic reforms and asking more of citizens, then people will ask, ‘Well what do I get in return?’ And that’s a very natural, normal thing.”
By 9/11 Memorial Staff