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Apr 28

The Saudi Monarchy: The Elephant in the Room

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Because of it centrality to Islam and large repository of petroleum, Saudi Arabia plays major religious and economic roles worldwide. This makes the vast Saudi Kingdom and its stability of major concern to the international community, especially the United States, Saudi Arabia’s close ally. Is Saudi Arabia immune to the unprecedented Arab uprising? No one is ruling it out, but many feel turmoil could be averted if the Saudi ruling dynasty listens to and meets the rightful demands of its people, especially its restless youth. The U.S. and other Western democracies can help bring about a peaceful democratic transition in Saudi Arabia, a close economic ally of the West and a dominant player in the Arabian Peninsula.

Join us as knowledgeable speakers with expertise in Middle Eastern affairs and U.S. policy in the Persian/Arab Gulf region explore possible ways to urge the Saudi government to embark on tangible political reforms that will empower its population to participate in the decision-making processes and chart a stable and peaceful future for their important country.

Ali Alyami
Founder and Director, Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
on “Saudia Arabia’s Uncertain Future and Its Implications”

Jack Pearce
Former Assistant Chief, Antitrust Division, U.S. Justice Department, and former Deputy General Counsel, White House Office of Consumer Affairs
on “Unsustainable Status Quo”

Clare Lopez
Former CIA Officer, and Lecturer on WMD, Religious Extremism and Counterterrorism
on “Ramifications of Continued Marginalization of Saudi Women”

Dr. Paul Marshall
Senior Fellow, Center for Religious Freedom, The Hudson Institute
on “Organization of the Islamic Conference Attacks on Western Freedom”

James Phillips
Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

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