Great Decisions

Great Decisions

Saudi Arabia in Transition - November 14, 2017
Speaker: Molly Hayes - 4 p.m. - Kirk Parlour

As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation. At the same time, many countries such as the US point out the lack of democracy, women’s rights, and human rights in Saudi Arabia, and blame its promotion on Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam. Bipartisan criticism of Saudi Arabia is rising in Congress. Molly Hayes served as a foreign policy advisor for the State Department on the Middle East and East Africa from 2008–2014. As the counterterrorism advisor, she organized extensive engagement to counter violent extremism.

For more about the Great Decisions program at The House of Hope, check the bulletin boards, ask at the church office, or contact Bob Mairs, rpmairs@aol.com or 651-222-3423. World affairs are more complex than ever. You can unravel the major issues with Great Decisions, a dynamic citizen education and discussion program led by experts. Join other church members at future meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month through November, at 4 p.m. in the Kirk Parlour.