Plummeting oil prices due to the COVID-19 pandemic have hurt oil exporting countries around the world, including Saudi Arabia. With oil sales making up a big part of the country’s budget, the sharp drop in revenue will have direct consequences on the Saudi crown prince’s ambitious policy agenda. In this short essay, international affairs professor F. Gregory Gause III explains the pandemic’s effects on Mohammed bin Salman’s plans for Saudi Arabia. He argues that what may seem like temporary sacrifices could translate into long-term gains for the country.
About the Author
F. Gregory Gause III is head of the International Affairs Department at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and an affiliate of the Bush School’s Albritton Center for Grand Strategy.