Saudi Arabia Opens to the World
Crown Prince with US Secretary of Defense MattisSaudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has caused a stir with a speech saying Saudi Arabia plans to become more moderate in its Islam and open to the world. This follows soon after the announcement that women will now be allowed to drive. Having only rather recently left, after five years in Saudi Arabia, my own insights might be of value.My immediate reaction is to remember Perestroika. This is reminiscent of Gorbachev and the Soviet Union back in the Eighties, and comes from the same point of origin: the money is running out.