SAUDI ARABIA AND THE NEW MIDDLE EAST
Karen Elliott House
, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and former Foreign Editor and Publisher, The Wall Street Journal
From afar, Saudi Arabia might appear immune to the turmoil and uncertainty engulfing nations such as Syria, Egypt, and Libya. But rather than being an oasis of stability in the Middle East, Karen Elliott House argues that Riyadh is nearing its own crisis point. Despite being one of the region’s most influential political and economic patrons, the kingdom now faces exceptional domestic challenges, including an uncertain leadership succession, a sclerotic economy, and an increasingly young and frustrated society. Externally, it must grapple with the immediate danger of Iran’s nuclear ambitions and broader popular unrest in a region undergoing profound change. Join Karen Elliott House for an examination of the inner workings of Saudi Arabia, its role in regional stability, and for insights into the future of the kingdom.
Karen Elliott House
retired in March 2006 as senior vice president of Dow Jones & Company and publisher of all print editions of The Wall Street Journal
, where she was also a member of the company's executive committee. Prior to 2002, House served as president of Dow Jones' international group since 1995, and vice president since 1989. She previously served as foreign editor, assistant foreign editor, and diplomatic correspondent of The Wall Street Journal.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for her coverage of the Middle East. House is a former director and current member of the Council on Foreign Relations, member of the board of trustees of RAND Corporation, and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Her latest book, On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future
, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.