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In recent months it can feel like Saudi Arabia is intent on buying the world. Its Public Investment Fund (PIF) has bought up much of golf, sports teams, many of the globe’s best soccer players to its domestic league, and it owns huge chunks of many of the most famous companies on the planet. But Saudi Arabia is not just on a shopping spree. The once insular, oil rich kingdom is transforming into a major diplomatic player, a pivotal actor in the energy transition, an ever-stronger military power, and a host to high-end cultural events, like the FIFA World Cup in 2034.
It feels like the era of the Saudi Project. And the country will become a bigger part of all of our lives. But what exactly is the kingdom trying to achieve? And will it succeed? This series speaks to world leading experts to go past the headlines and help listeners understand Saudi Arabia and it's ambitions more clearly. Providing unique analysis and insight into the complex moral questions all Western nations will have to answer as they work with a rising Saudi Arabia in the years ahead.

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In recent months it can feel like Saudi Arabia is intent on buying the world. Its Public Investment Fund (PIF) has bought up much of golf, sports teams, many of the globe’s best soccer players to its domestic league, and it owns huge chunks of many of the most famous companies on the planet. But Saudi Arabia is not just on a shopping spree. The once insular, oil rich kingdom is transforming into a major diplomatic player, a pivotal actor in the energy transition, an ever-stronger military power, and a host to high-end cultural events, like the FIFA World Cup in 2034.
It feels like the era of the Saudi Project. And the country will become a bigger part of all of our lives. But what exactly is the kingdom trying to achieve? And will it succeed? This series speaks to world leading experts to go past the headlines and help listeners understand Saudi Arabia and it's ambitions more clearly. Providing unique analysis and insight into the complex moral questions all Western nations will have to answer as they work with a rising Saudi Arabia in the years ahead.

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    The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    Saudi Arabian professor of social anthropology and author of Salman's Legacy: The Dilemmas of a New Era in Saudi Arabia, Madawi Al-Rasheed, explains the foundations of the Saudi state and how two key factors – religion and oil – shaped the kingdom. This episode was hosted and produced by Conor Boyle.
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    The Dubai Model

    The Dubai Model

    Quinn Slobodian, author of Crack-Up Capitalism and Professor of History at Wellesley College, discusses how the development of cities like Dubai and countries like Qatar are influencing the Saudi economy and the huge projects the country is spending its money on. This episode was hosted and produced by Conor Boyle.
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    Football Mad

    Football Mad

    For episode three of Intelligence Squared's new podcast exploring Saudi Arabia's pursuit of global influence, award winning author and journalist James Montague, who focuses on the intersection of football and politics, explains the eye-watering sums of money Saudi Arabia is spending on sport and why the reasons for this are not as obvious as they might seem.
    Montague has reported from over 80 countries and is the author of books including The Billionaires Club: The Unstoppable Rise of Football's Super-Rich Owners, 1312: Among the Ultras and When Friday Comes: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East. He writes for publications such as The Guardian, The New York Times and Delayed Gratification. This episode was hosted and produced by Conor Boyle.
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    An Unstable Region: Israel, Gaza and Saudi Arabia

    An Unstable Region: Israel, Gaza and Saudi Arabia

    New York Times Gulf Bureau Chief Vivian Nereim discusses how the crisis unfolding in Israel and Gaza is being viewed from Saudi Arabia. She also explores how stability in the region is a core goal of the Saudi regime and why this current crisis could change everything. This episode was hosted and produced by Conor Boyle.

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    The Prince's Gamble

    The Prince's Gamble

    Author and investigative journalist Bradley Hope sheds light on the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and how he is personally shaping the future of the kingdom. He explores what the rise of Saudi Arabia will mean for the world and how Western countries should approach business with Saudi Arabia in the years ahead. This episode was hosted and produced by Conor Boyle.

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    Coming Soon: The Saudi Project

    Coming Soon: The Saudi Project

    Coming Soon from Intelligence Squared 'The Saudi Project'
    Saudi Arabia, a once insular, oil rich kingdom is transforming into a major diplomatic player, a pivotal actor in the energy transition, an ever-stronger military power, and a host to high-end cultural events, like the FIFA World Cup in 2034. It feels like the era of the Saudi Project. And the country will become a bigger part of all of our lives. But what exactly is the kingdom trying to achieve? And will it succeed? This series speaks to world leading experts to go past the headlines and help listeners understand Saudi Arabia and it's ambitions more clearly. Providing unique analysis and insight into the complex moral questions all Western nations will have to answer as they work with a rising Saudi Arabia in the years ahead.
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