Saudi Arabia Is Changing Fast. Can the U.S. Keep Up?

Saudis are joining the labor force, women are driving, and the taboo on Israel has practically vanished. America can support this shift—so why isn’t it?

Buildings under construction at the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2016. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Buildings under construction at the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2016. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Richard Goldberg
COLUMN
Feb. 14 2022
About Richard

Richard Goldberg is a Mosaic columnist and senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He has served on Capitol Hill, on the U.S. National Security Council, as the chief of staff for Illinois’s governor, and as a Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer.

Late last year, I returned to Saudi Arabia for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The world was different the last time I visited, in 2018, and so was Riyadh.

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