Daniel Pipes on Recent Saudi Reforms :: Middle East Forum

Is the recent Saudi permission for women to drive cars and enter a stadium to watch men in sports competitions merely a political maneuver or a real reform?

All signs point to Mohammad bin Salman, the effective ruler of Saudi Arabia, being very serious about basic changes. So, I see this as a real reform.

Let’s discuss the reason for these reforms at this moment: Do the rulers feel at risk?

Yes, the leadership realizes the current path will lead to poverty and weakness. Avoiding that fate requires making fundamental changes in nearly every aspect of life.

Or was the Saudi decline in income what led the government to increase women’s participation in the economy?

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