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A Diplomat’s Perspective on the Dramatic Changes Occurring Today in Saudi Arabia

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 5 pm to 6 pm

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Todd Holmstrom, a former diplomat with the U.S. State Department, will be speaking on “A Diplomat’s Perception of Current Events in Saudi Arabia.” Holmstrom, who served as the U.S. consul general in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 2014 to 2016, came to know Prince Mohamed before he rose to prominence.  Holmstrom last served as acting Deputy Secretary of State and was responsible for transitioning U.S. efforts to advance Middle East peace from the end of President Obama’s administration to the beginning of President Trump’s administration. 

A Diplomat’s Perspective on the Dramatic Changes Occurring Today in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, recently visited the White House to discuss topics such as the Iran nuclear deal, Saudi Arabia’s dispute with Qatar, the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, and the acquisition of advanced weapons and nuclear reactors. Prince Mohammed is also the person who recently had four hundred wealthy Saudi businessmen, including eleven of his royal cousins, arrested and detained in a luxury hotel on charges of corruption.

What is going on in Saudi Arabia and what does the unprecedented rise of Prince Mohammed say about the country’s future direction, its role in the Middle East, and its sometimes controversial relationship with America?

The talk is being sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences and the Pavlis Honors College.

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