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Sultan Althari
Sultan Althari

Sultan Althari is an advisor, author, and alumnus of Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). His research focuses on public policy, national security and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He tweets @sultanalthari

A global film hub is emerging in the Kingdom

Over the past century, Damascus, Beirut and Baghdad stood out as regional cultural hubs where chart-topping songs were recorded, intellectual curiosity was satiated, and blockbuster movies created....

When it comes to reform numbers are only half the story

There are two sides to socio-economic reform: the number and the story. Every data point is just a number from today amplified by a story about tomorrow. Behind the success of Key Performance...

AlUla is becoming a global cultural hub in Saudi Arabia

An ancient city home to 200 thousand years of largely unexplored human history is rapidly emerging as a global cultural hub. That city is AlUla, located at the heart of a scenic desert - roughly the...

Empowered through sports, Saudi females take the sector by storm

A recent post on Instagram from Zinedine Zidane features a photo on set with Saudi female footballer Farah Jefry. “Thank you for sharing your passion for football with me, keep going on your journey,”...

Foreign skilled talent will develop Saudi Arabia’s knowledge-based economy

Saudi Arabia – the biggest economy in the Middle East and home to the Arab Gulf’s largest population – has formalized a path to citizenship. More specifically, the path is paved for “experts and...

Green energy development is a must as developing world faces poverty by pollution

The belief that developing countries are forced to choose between socio-economic development and decarbonization has, finally, been proved a false dichotomy. The long-held idea that climate goals and...

Saudi PIF-Newcastle takeover about more than soft power: Riyadh, Tyneside to benefit

There’s one story dominating Tyneside right now: the takeover of English Premier League club Newcastle United by a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. The Saudi Public Investment...

The twilight of Islamists: Middle East turns to future as failed ideology fades

The past decade confounded the expectations of those who have absorbed the civic myths of Islamism. Among them is the illusion that Islamist regimes are devoid of corruption, greed, and sheer...