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The Struggle with Modernity in Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Mai Yamani is an academic, originally from Saudi Arabia. Until recently, she was a fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, better known as Chatham House.  Her father is Shaykh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, a former Saudi oil minister from 1962 to 1986.

Dr. Yamani now lives in London, and she's the author of Cradle of Islam: the Hijazi Quest for an Arabian Identity.

Mai Yamani was in Chicago to speak at the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
 
We spoke about the state of the Saudi Kingdom. It has revived its Middle East peace proposal and its King, 'abdAllah, has called the US occupation of Iraq "illegitimate" as well as speaking out about his concerns about the Shi'a-dominated government in Iraq.

Mai Yamani told Jerome where the inspiration for the re-invigerated Saudi foreign policy comes from.

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