Saudi Arabia has detained hundreds of people, including members of the royal family, in a landmark “anti-corruption” purge led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. What is motivating this game of thrones in the House of Saud and what are its implications for the kingdom and the region? Those are just some of the questions addressed by Middle East veteran observer and expert Aaron David Miller in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Aaron David Miller is Director of the Middle East Program, Vice President for New Initiatives, and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. For two decades, he served at the Department of State as an advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State, where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the Senior Advisor for Arab-Israeli Negotiations. He also served as the Deputy Special Middle East Coordinator for Arab-Israeli Negotiations, Senior Member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the Office of the Historian. He has received the department's Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards. In 2017, Mr. Miller became a Global Affairs Analyst with CNN.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.