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Journal of Middle Eastern Politics & Policy

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Podcast: Saudi’s future investment initiative and the Balfour Declaration’s centennial anniversary


Last week, Saudi Arabia hosted its Future Investment Initiative summit in Riyadh. We discuss the details of this new initiative, including the unveiling of a robot which was granted Saudi citizenship and the plans to build a futuristic economic zone on Saudi’s northwest coastline.

Additionally, November 2nd, marked the centennial anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, in which the British Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, pledged his country’s support for the creation of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. We discuss the lasting impact of this declaration and some of the reactions to the centennial anniversary of the declaration.

Middle East Weekly, JMEPP’s news podcast, goes behind the headlines on the region, explaining and analyzing the most pressing issues of the week. We’re back for the year with a new and improved format. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow our Soundcloud page. This episode of Middle East Weekly is hosted by Anna Boots, with Theo Wye and Blaire Byg reporting. Mohamad al-Saleh and Nicholas Norberg also joined in on the conversation.