You must’ve heard the news by now: The New Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has arrested 11 princes and dozens of high-ranking officials and businessmen in the country, all in the name of an “anti-corruption crackdown”; a narrative accepted by countless media outlets covering these shocking events. Shortly after, Prince Mansour bin Muqrin was killed when his helicopter crashed under mysterious circumstances. Contradictory reports on the fate of Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Fahd continue to circulate, after widespread rumors that he was killed in a shootout while resisting his arrest. International philanthropist and business tycoon Alwaleed bin Talal, as well as head of the Binladin Group and the owner of the television network, MBC were among those arrested in Saudi Arabia. Beside the major impact of the kingdom moving away from its foundational principal of governing by royal family consensus, the moves against such senior and internationally well-known leaders have raised some fears about the fate of global investments. One economist said “The government is unlikely to come down too hard on companies... for fear of scaring away local and foreign investors.” Whatever the ultimate economic outcome of these extraordinary political moves, the mere fragility demonstrated by these events may dissuade many from entering into business partnerships with people from the region in the future. There is much to worry about.

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