In general, there is a meeting of minds between Saudi Arabia and the US on the need to combat Iranian expansionism. To this end, the White House has just announced the formation of a new US-Saudi-UAE security coordination committee that will meet every month. Domestically, MBS is the first Saudi leader in fifty years willing to confront the religious establishment. This step has huge implications for the Kingdom as well as the Islamic World. The crown prince’s empowering women and integrating them into the labor market is one such implication. To successfully implement the type of rapid and total change Saudi Arabia, a country with an unbridgeable gap between religious right and liberal left, needs, requires a benign autocracy. Watch the full video here.