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TIME: 12:30-13:30, Monday 1st August 2016
VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
SPEAKER: Andrew Bowen, Global Fellow, Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
With King Salman’s ascension in January 2015, the Saudi Kingdom embarked on a new period of both economic transformation and a more muscular foreign policy to counter Iran’s growing regional influence amidst the U.S.’s perceived pullback. Riyadh has sought to re-orientate the Kingdom’s economy to ambitiously transition to a less oil dependent economy by 2030. At the same time, Saudi Arabia has moved to try to thwart Iran’s regional ambitions and deepen as well its relations with outside powers including Russia and China. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has set out an ambitious plan for Saudi Arabia’s future, outlined in ‘Vision 2030’ but with the threat of ISIS and tense relations with Iran, can this strategic gamble really pay off?
The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Andrew Bowen, Global Fellow, Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars who will discuss the challenges that Saudi Arabia faces in successfully achieving Vision 2030 and what the Kingdom’s prospects are for the future.
To attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.
Andrew Bowen, Ph.D. is a Global Fellow in the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. Andrew is a member of the John Hay Initiative’s Counter-Terrorism working group and a Senior Advisor to Greenmantle, a macroeconomic and geopolitical advisory firm. Andrew is a weekly columnist for Al Arabiya and regularly writes and comments on the regional and international politics and economics of the Arabian Gulf. His work has appeared in a number of publications including Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, CNN, and The National Interest. Andrew received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE).