Karen Eliott House
As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to its drastic decline in oil revenue, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to bring new ideas and a new future to his country. These changes include focusing on younger generations and potentially bringing change to old customs, including allowing women to drive. During this transition of power and ideas, from one leader to another, how will Saudi Arabia cope with the rapidly changing base of its society? How will the U.S. continue its relationship with the changing country, taking into consideration their many common interests, but also vast amounts of differences and limitations, in order to seek productive change? Come join us for a discussion on these questions with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Karen Elliott House.
Ms. House currently serves as an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Prior to this engagement, she held a 32-year career with Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal as a publisher and member of the company’s executive committee. During this time, she was a correspondent in Washington D.C., focusing her coverage on the Middle East, specifically Saudi Arabia. In 2012, she published her book On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines – and Future.