Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia Director: Victoria Asgard
Established in 1953 by King Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Saudi Arabian Council of Ministers was designed to “draft and oversee implementation of the internal, external, financial, economic, education and defense policies as well as the general affairs of the State.” Other than a brief reform to the council’s membership in 1993, they utilized the initial model for the cabinet for over 60 years. However in 2015, the Crown Prince (and Deputy Prime Minister) of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad Bin Salman initiated radical reforms to the structure and powers of the council, effectively causing a reshuffle. Salman, as the heir apparent to the throne, is making radical changes not only within his cabinet, but in his nation- with one of his most promising proposals being the Saudi Vision 2030. This plan outlines how he hopes to make Saudi Arabia a “vibrant society,” “thriving economy” and “ambitious nation,” and he has already enacted policies that modernize the nation and contribute to this ultimate goal. However, many critics have noted how arrests of human rights workers are only increasing, and how the Saudi contribution to instability in the Middle Eastern region is only growing under his rule. How will Salman, and the Council of Ministers as a whole, achieve their vision for their country with increased international scrutiny? Does Saudi Arabia have the ability to achieve all it wants to with this vision? This committee will delve into these important questions and more, acting as the Council of Ministers in this crucial turning point of Saudi history.