Adult event
David Rundell: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads – A Diplomat’s Perspective

David Rundell: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads – A Diplomat’s Perspective

Authors: David Rundell

Date/Time: Saturday 12 February 2022 14:00-15:00

Venue: Al Joud Ballroom 1, Hilton, Al Habtoor City

Language: English

Session No. 133 

David Rundell reviews his long career of diplomatic service, which has taken him to Washington, Bahrain, Syria, Tunisia, and the UAE, as well as 15 years in Saudi Arabia. In this fascinating discussion, we ask him about the intricacies of a diplomat’s life. How difficult is it having to assimilate to different countries and cultures very quickly? Does staying true to one’s own core values mean diplomats impose their view of the world on another culture – or should they turn a blind eye? Is the nature of diplomacy changing, and what happens when change sweeps in?

As one of America’s leading experts on Saudi Arabia, Rundell will also be discussing his book, Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads. With the Kingdom appearing to be entering an era of monumental change, how ready are its people, and the rest of the world, for that change? Join Rundell for a discussion of a career path and a nation that are both at a crossroads.

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