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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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  • 16 January 2018
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    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will travel to Tokyo for annual talks with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on 18 January. US Vice-President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit to Egypt, Jordan and Israel from 19 to 22 January.  

  • 9 January 2018
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    In South Africa, the National Executive Committee of the ANC will meet on 10 January. On 11 January, Pakistan's Parliamentary Committee on National Security will meet alongside military officials to discuss the deteriorating US-Pakistan relationship.

  • 19 December 2017
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    Having elected Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa new party president, the ANC will conclude its 54th National Conference in Johannesburg on 20 December. Border talks between China and India will be held in New Delhi on 20-21 December.

  • 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.


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