“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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Saudi Arabia to host the 1st International Conference on Giftedness and Creativity in November

– The two-day event will help to develop the human capital of talented, creative, and innovative young people to face global developments, challenges

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Saudi Arabia will host the 1st International Conference on Giftedness and Creativity on Nov. 8. 

The governor of Riyadh region, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, will inaugurate the two-day event under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud. 

The conference, to be held every two years, is being organized by King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) and G20 Saudi Secretariat as part of The International Conferences Program, honoring the Saudi G20 Presidency year 2020.

Among other pressing issues, it aims to highlight the Kingdom’s experience in identifying and nurturing raw talent through Mawhiba’s platform and use those insights to form a

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SAIC Wins $49.5 Million U.S. Navy contract for Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) C4ISR Upgrades and Refurbishment

RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 8, 2020–

The U.S. Navy awarded Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) a $49.5 million single-award task order to continue to provide the Royal Saudi Naval Forces support services for command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) upgrade and refurbishment. Work will take place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Under the cost-plus fixed-fee task order, awarded as part of the SeaPort-NxG contract, SAIC will leverage repeatable solutions such as engineering, design and integration, integrated product support and sustainment capabilities on critical networks. These networks fulfill the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command’s requirement for Program Executive Office C4I International Integration Program Office (PMW 740) Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) In-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Support Services.

“For more than 40 years, SAIC has supported the Navy’s mission to help maintain the Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ C4ISR capability modernization, engineering and logistics,” said Jim

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Endeavor Saudi Arabia Managing Director Lateefa Alwaalan


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In June this year, it was announced that Lateefa Alwaalan, a Saudi Arabian serial entrepreneur, was one of the two women appointed to the board of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, by decree from Dr. Majed Al-Qasabi, the Minister of Commerce of Saudi Arabia. However, given Alwaalan’s proven track record in business and her very dynamic presence in Saudi Arabia’s entrepreneurial community, few were surprised to see her be one of the first female members ever chosen to be a part of the Riyadh Chamber’s board in its 60-year-long history.

Indeed, when appointing the two women to the 18th session of the Board of Directors of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Al-Qasabi had pointed out that both Alwaalan and her

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How Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Creates A New Generation Of Tech Champions

Throughout the COVID-19 pan- demic, the government of Saudi Arabia, like any other government around the world, has had to move quickly and substantively with its stimulus packages for businesses to get through this crisis. However, in addition to that, the government of Saudi Arabia has not allowed the crisis to pause or slow down its ongoing and ambitious plans for boosting the Kingdom’s economy. According to Dr. Ahmed H. Altheneyan, Deputy Minister for Digital Capacities for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s ambitious social transformation projects are aimed at driving diversification across its economy, “with the government today acting as more of an enabler and facilitator through its policies and regulations, as well as funding.”



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He explains that the drivers of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 are 13 nationwide programs, the most critical of which is the National Transformation Program, which

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How Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Is Creating A New Generation Of Tech Champions


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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Saudi Arabia, like any other government around the world, has had to move quickly and substantively with its stimulus packages for businesses to get through this crisis. However, in addition to that, the government of Saudi Arabia has not allowed the crisis to pause or slow down its ongoing and ambitious plans for boosting the Kingdom’s economy. According to Dr. Ahmed H. Altheneyan, Deputy Minister for Digital Capacities for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s ambitious social transformation projects are aimed at driving diversification across its economy, “with the government today acting as more of an enabler and facilitator through its policies and regulations, as well as funding.”

He explains that

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