Johns Hopkins SAIS experts available to discuss political tensions in Saudi Arabia

Following an anti-corruption sweep, resignation of a prominent leader, and escalating conflict with its Middle East neighbor, experts at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are available to discuss the consequences of the political tensions in Saudi Arabia.
The scholars can further discuss:

  • Was the removal and arrest of Saudi officials an anti-corruption effort or purge of political opponents?
  • What prompted Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign during his visit to Saudi Arabia?
  • How could Saudi Arabia retaliate against Iran after intercepting a ballistic missile launched from Yemen?
  • What are the ramifications of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s foreign policy initiatives?
  • How will the recent changes impact Saudi Arabia’s economy, foreign investments, and oil exports to Asia?

The experts available to comment on the latest developments in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East include:
Vali Nasr, Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Afshin Molavi, Senior Fellow, The Foreign Policy Institute and Co-Director, emerge85 Lab
Camille Pecastaing, Senior Associate Professor, Middle East Studies
Daniel Serwer, Director, Conflict Management
Jean-François Seznec, Adjunct Professor, Middle East Studies
Sanam Vakil, Adjunct Professor, Middle East Studies
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017