This international conference gathers renowned international scholars on Saudi Arabia from a range of academic disciplines in order to provide a broad analysis of how Saudi Arabia is responding to challenges rising before the Kingdom in the wake of the Arab Uprisings.

How is Saudi Arabia affected by the turbulence, what measures have been taken, and to what extent are responses viable and fit to serve regime-stability in the longer term? The Saudi model will be explored from the perspective of contemporary political and economic dynamics. The legal and institutional system of Saudi Arabia and its potential for reform will be assessed, and the regional dynamics and role of the Kingdom will be considered. The overall perspective of the conference is to assess the potentials for adaptability to contemporary challenges within the current Saudi system.


09.00 -11.00 Winds of Change? Politics in Saudi Arabia in Wake of the Arab Uprisings


Kristian Coates Ulrichsen (Baker Institute, Houston)

Fragile Kingdom, Balancing Stability and Sustainability in Saudi Arabia

Stephan Lacroix (Science Po, Paris)

Saudi Islamists and the Arab Spring

Ådne Cappelen and Robin Choudhury (Central Bureau of Statistics, Oslo)

Saudi Arabia – Will Economic Reforms Make the Country More Robust to Future Shocks?  


11.15 -13.00 Anchor of the Kingdom? Rule of Law and the Robustness of the Saudi System


Abdulaziz al-Gasim (Al-Gasim Law Firm, Riyadh)

Legal reform in Saudi Arabia

Eman Alhussein (King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh)

Opening Up New Prospects: Women in Saudi Arabia between Changes and Challenges

Cecilie Hellestveit (International Law and Policy Institute, Oslo)

Rights Based Approaches in Saudi Arabia – a Square Peg in a Round Hole?


13.00 -14.00 LUNCH


14.00-15.30 Saudi Arabia in a Turbulent Middle East; Regional Perspectives and Future Scenarios


Bjørn Olav Utvik              

Oil on Troubled Waters? The Gulf and the Arab Uprisings

The Way Forward – Panel discussion


Please register with Kai Kverme,, by September 6.

Published Aug. 26, 2013 2:36 PM - Last modified Sep. 9, 2013 11:14 AM