Castles in the sand

The Saudi crown prince’s reformist ambitions bring to mind the precedents of post-Shogun Japan, post-Ottoman Turkey and post-Mao China – with a few exceptions, some potentially fateful.

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November 21, 2017 14:49
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine L

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, on October 24. (photo credit: HAMAD I MOHAMMED / REUTERS)

 
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