Economic Reform and Political Risk in the GCC

The Middle East Policy Council’s 85th Capitol Hill Conference has concluded. The full video and unedited transcript are available below. A policy brief derived from this event can be read here. The panel, held on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, addressed the recently announced Saudi 2030 Vision and the National Transformation Plan as well as similar vision statements and plans of the UAE and other GCC states. To receive invitations to future events, click here, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. To view our recent Capitol Hill Conferences, click here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016; 1:00p.m. – 3:30p.m.

Russell Senate Office Building
2 Constitution Ave. NE
Room 485
Washington, D.C. 20002


Aasim M. Husain

Deputy Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department,
International Monetary Fund


Ford M. Fraker

Chairman, Merrill Lynch Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Former Chairman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) Middle East & North Africa
Former Ambassador, Saudi Arabia
President, Middle East Policy Council


Edward Burton

CEO & President, U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council


Karen E. Young

Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute
Non-Resident Fellow, London School of Economics Middle East Centre (MEC)


Ausamah Abdulla Al Absi

CEO, Kingdom of Bahrain’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA)



Richard J. Schmierer

Former Ambassador, Oman
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Middle East Policy Council


Thomas R. Mattair

Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council

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