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A New Vision for the Kingdom

Anisa Mehdi
Board of Contributors
Apr 30, 2016 | 13:27 GMT
Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gestures during his press conference in Riyadh on April 25.

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gestures during his press conference in Riyadh on April 25.

(FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman became an international darling this week when he articulated a new economic plan for his nation. On April 25, the 30-year-old rising Saudi star announced his aspirations to diversify the local economy beyond petroleum and pilgrimage. But as is true of many political candidates' platforms, Vision 2030 promises plenty and specifies little -- except when it comes to defense....

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