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MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman
Ben Hubbard, The New York Times

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Time Zone: America/Chicago
Local Time: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known best by the acronym MBS, received praise from the western world when he appeared to be reforming and moving his country into the 21st century. As he consolidated his power, many of his actions began to disconcert observers around the world. And others, such as the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, have been widely condemned. Questions about this young (34), enigmatic ruler remain: reformer or dictator? friend or foe? The Council’s vice chairman Robert W. Jordan, who served as the U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom from 2001 to 2003, will join Ben Hubbard, author of a new biography, “MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman.”

Ben Hubbard is the Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times and has covered the Middle East for more than a decade. Before joining the Times, he was a reporter in that region for the Associated Press. Hubbard studied history at Northwestern University, served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, and received his master’s in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

Moderator: Robert W. Jordan, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2001-2003)

Robert W. Jordan is Diplomat in Residence and adjunct professor of political science in the John G. Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs at Southern Methodist University. His service in Saudi Arabia began in the wake of the September 11 attacks. He was a partner in the international law firm Baker Botts L.L.P. and headed the firm’s Middle East practice based in Dubai until his retirement in 2014.

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