Saudi Arabia and the New Middle East

Karen Elliott House, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and former Foreign Editor and Publisher, The Wall Street Journal. Introduced by Marshall M. Bouton.

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.

Speaker Bio


Book review by Samuel Helfont, “Palaces and Poverty,” The New Republic, 16 August 2012

Interview of Karen Elliott House, “Shifting Sands for Saudi Arabia's Future: A Peek Inside the Closed Kingdom,” PBS Newshour, 24 October 2012

Additional Information

Her latest book, On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.