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Member Exclusive Webinar: How stable is Saudi Arabia?

Recent developments in Saudi Arabia, such as the detention of senior princes and the rapid fall in oil prices, have cast attention on Saudi decision-making against the unprecedented backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. With Saudi Arabia holding the yearlong presidency of the G-20, and with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman having staked his credibility on his Vision 2030 plan to transform the Saudi economy, the coming weeks and months will offer a critical test of the crown prince's ability to manage crises and unforeseen developments and to adapt course if necessary. 

At this member exclusive webinar, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East, analyzed recent developments in Saudi Arabia and assessed their impact on the country’s international standing. This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerMiddleEast. 

If you are a member of the Baker Institute Roundtable and were not able to join us for the webinar, please contact to view a recording of the event.


12:00 p.m. — Presentation 
12:30 p.m. — Q&A


This webinar was free and open to members of the Baker Institute Roundtable with the link included in their email invitation. For information about membership, please contact us at 713-348-4945 or

Featured Speaker

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Ph.D., is a Baker Institute fellow for the Middle East. Working across the disciplines of political science, international relations and international political economy, his research examines the changing position of Persian Gulf states in the global order, as well as the emergence of longer-term, nonmilitary challenges to regional security. Previously, he worked as senior Gulf analyst at the Gulf Center for Strategic Studies between 2006 and 2008 and as co-director of the Kuwait Program on Development, Governance and Globalization in the Gulf States at the London School of Economics (LSE) from 2008 until 2013. Coates Ulrichsen has published extensively on the Gulf. His most recent books include “The Gulf States in International Political Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and “The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics, and Policymaking” (Routledge, 2016). Coates Ulrichsen’s articles have appeared in numerous academic journals, including Global Policy and the Journal of Arabian Studies, and he consults regularly on Gulf issues for Oxford Analytica and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center. He also writes regularly for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Open Democracy, and Foreign Policy, and authors a monthly column for Gulf Business News and Analysis. Coates Ulrichsen holds a doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge.


Tue, March 31, 2020
noon - 12:45 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


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