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14 December 2017

Saudi Arabia is undergoing a revolution in its leadership, economy and social structure. It is unusual in that the impetus for change is coming from the very top, with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman implementing remarkable reforms at the behest of his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Even at this early stage, the unfolding royal revolution is having a major impact upon the kingdom, the region and beyond.

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  • 13 December 2017
    What’s Next?

    China will host the third Lancang-Mekong Co-operation Mechanism foreign ministers' meeting on 15 December. South Africa's African National Congress will elect a new party president at its 54th National Conference in Johannesburg, 16-20 December.

  • 5 December 2017
    What’s Next?

    The Indian Government will release its mid-term foreign trade policy review on 5 December. A summit of the Gulf Co-operation Council will be held in Kuwait City on 5-6 Dec. An agrofood conference will be held in Accra, Ghana, on 5-7 December.

  • 7 November 2017
    What’s Next?

    French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the United Arab Emirates on 8-9 November. US President Trump will visit China to meet with President Xi Jinping, 8-10 November. The APEC summit runs until 11 November in Danang, Vietnam.

  • 2 November 2017
    What’s Next?

    Trade and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo will meet with Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State, French Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs, in Paris on 2 November. US President Donald Trump begins a 12-day trip to Asia on 4 November.


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