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Saudi Arabia’s Risky Reform Project

April 26, 2016 The Saudis may be taking on too much change too fast.

By Kamran Bokhari

Summary Saudi Arabia has embarked on a path of unprecedented transformation. A key characteristic of this major effort at reform is that it is reactive. The Saudis are under tremendous pressure to preserve their polity at a time when the region around them is in the throes of a massive convulsion. While business as usual is untenable, rapid changes could make matters worse.
Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet approved an ambitious plan on April 25 to reform the kingdom’s political economy. Dubbed Saudi Vision 2030, it is being des...

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