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Political Purges or Combating Corruption in Saudi Arabia?

November 10, 2017

Episode Notes:

With the arrest of a number of princes and businessmen in Saudi Arabia earlier this week, there has been some debate on whether these are political purges to consolidate power under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or if they were to fight the rampant corruption in the Kingdom. Michael Stephens of the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies explains how it’s a bit of both, and places these domestic concerns in the wider context of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy challenges.