“Blood and Oil” coauthors on Mohammed bin Salman and the future of Saudi Arabia

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell interviews Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck, reporters for The Wall Street Journal and co-authors of Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power, about the leadership style and strategic decision-making of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). Hope and Scheck offer their assessment of the “dichotomy” of MBS, explaining how he has behaved as both a great reformer and ruthless dictator. They also discuss his likely awareness of the murder of dissident Jamal Khashoggi, his views on political reform, and attempts to diversify the Saudi economy.

Highlights: 

  • On bin Salman’s reaction to Killing of Jamal Khashoggi; JUSTIN SCHECK: “I think he was very surprised by the outrage and by the fact that people in these other countries that he considers as important were going to harp so much on the death of one Saudi citizen.
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