What will Middle East studies do without Alwaleed bin Talal?

Last November, when the crown prince and de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), arrested dozens of wealthy royals and businessmen, many were stunned to learn that his cousin Alwaleed bin Talal was among those charged with corruption. Few have as much to lose from bin Talal’s misfortune as the Middle East studies industry, which has profited handsomely from his “activist philanthropy.”

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