Reforming Saudi Arabia
Andrew Marr discusses Saudi Arabia with academic Madawi Al-Rasheed, economist Deirdre McCloskey, historian Ian Morris and former UK ambassador William Patey.
On Start the Week Andrew Marr looks at the fortunes of Saudi Arabia. The academic Madawi Al-Rasheed challenges pre-conceived ideas about divine politics and uncovers the religious leaders, intellectuals and activists who are looking at modernising the country. William Patey is the former UK ambassador in the region and argues that although the House of Saud is resilient, strains are starting to appear. The American economist Deirdre McCloskey sees fault lines elsewhere in the country's failure to promote and encourage innovation; she believes that although Saudi Arabia has capital accumulation and oil, without creativity and ideas it will not flourish. The historian Ian Morris takes the long view as he studies 20,000 years of international relations and argues that each age and region gets the great powers it needs, and what that means for Saudi Arabia.
Producer: Katy Hickman.
Madawi Al-Rasheed is Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre at LSE and Research Fellow at the Open Society Foundation.
Muted Modernists: The Struggle over Divine Politics in Saudi Arabia is published by Hurst.
Sir William Patey is a former UK Ambassador to Sudan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.
William’s article, ‘Is the House of Saud about to fall?’, is in the current issue of Prospect magazine.
Deirdre McCloskey is an economist, historian and rhetorician.
Deirdre will be taking part in a discussion, ‘Waste: A New Political Age’, at the National Theatre on Wednesday 9 December.
The final book in her trilogy, The Bourgeois Era, will be published in April.
|Interviewed Guest||Madawi al-Rasheed|
|Interviewed Guest||Deirdre McCloskey|
|Interviewed Guest||Ian Morris|
|Interviewed Guest||William Patey|