In Saudi Arabia, it's hard to delink reform from repression

Crown Prince epitomises Samuel Huntington's modernising monarch facing the 'King's Dilemma'

Saudi Arabia's dynamic young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is indeed "reform-minded", as countless media reports have described him. There is, however, a difference between reforming the House of Saud and setting free the society over which it reigns.

That was evident even before Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, an emigre critic of the Crown Prince, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul a week ago, without - so far - coming out alive.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2018, with the headline 'In Saudi Arabia, it's hard to delink reform from repression'. Subscribe