Daniel Lazare comes back on the show to talk about Saudi Arabia, Trump, and the future Middle East politics. He explains an extremely common pattern in kingdoms and empires where after about three generations of family rule, massive upheaval or incompetence forces a total political collapse. Saudi Arabia is perched on this precipice, and their third-generation Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, seems unstable enough to provide the spark. Scott and Lazare talk about what this will mean for the region and for the United States’ influence there.
Discussed on the show:
- “Is Saudi Arabia the Middle East’s Next Failed State?” (Consortium News)
- Ibn Khaldun
- Mohammad bin Salman
- “Saudi Arabia forcibly detained Lebanon’s prime minister, sources say” (Washington Post)
- “A $2 Trillion Saudi Aramco IPO Keeps Getting Less Realistic” (Bloomberg)
- Jamal Khashoggi
- Iran–Contra affair
- Fall of Saigon
Daniel Lazare is the author of The Frozen Republic: How the constitution is Paralyzing Democracy and a regular contributor at Consortium News. Find all of his work at his website and follow him on Twitter @dhlazare.
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