EP 145 Saudi, Inc.


https://d1-invdn-com.akamaized.net/Saudi,%20Inc_1513777918_1515654149.pngAmerica is now an oil exporter. Saudi Arabia has been one for the better part of a century, first in partnership with Standard Oil of Southern California(now Chevron)and over time on their own. The history of Saudi Arabia is inextricably linked to the business acumen of the ruling family and their ability to make ‘God’s gift’ to the Kingdom one that they controlled and used to maintain their power. Now, on the verge of the largest IPO in history, we check in with Dr. Ellen Wald, author of ‘Saudi, Inc.: The Arabian Kingdom’s Pursuit of Profit and Power’ to determine what state of U.S.-Saudi relations have been and are today. Saudi Arabia will be in the news a lot in the coming period. With a new Crown Prince in his 30’s the world imagines a different Saudi Arabia going forward. We will put this mysterious kingdom in context for you in this podcast.