With good reason, people are wanting to know about Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince in Saudi Arabia. Jay’s guest today is Rami Khouri, a veteran journalist and teacher, associated with the American University of Beirut and the Kennedy School at Harvard. He talks about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, whom he knew. And about U.S.-Saudi relations. And about the Arab world more broadly. He has a lot of experience, and a lot to impart.

Khouri is from an old family in Nazareth (yes, that one). He is also a proud Orangeman: a graduate of Syracuse University. As Khouri points out at the beginning of the podcast, it was a rough weekend for the school, in both football and basketball. But things will look up.

The Middle East, along with the rest of the world, may be a harder proposition.

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  1. George Townsend Member
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    Very interesting discussion. Thanks, Jay!

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  2. DanielSterman Member
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    Fascinating interview as always. In particular it’s amazing how many bad things MBS has done that I knew I knew about but somehow conveniently forgot because of his rapprochement with the West – until he did something brazen enough that we couldn’t ignore. I have to be more careful about things like that.

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  3. George Townsend Member
    George Townsend
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    DanielSterman (View Comment):

    Fascinating interview as always. In particular it’s amazing how many bad things MBS has done that I knew I knew about but somehow conveniently forgot because of his rapprochement with the West – until he did something brazen enough that we couldn’t ignore. I have to be more careful about things like that.

    I’ve been hearing more and more about this. And I won’t argue with what Donald Trump has done about this. The world is a messy place, with evil people in it. Sometimes, for the good of the nation, those evil people need to be dealt with. But, as usual, Trump did it the wrong way. He talks as if monetary considerations are the only ones we need care about. It is more complicated than this. His Secretary of State does a much better job of explaining it. He should just shut-up and let Pompeo do what he is being paid to do.

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