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October 30, 2018 at 7:28 am

Sandal Column: Killing Jamal Khashoggi Was A Saudi Warning Shot

Dr. Nukhet Sandal, portrait in Baker Center atrium

Dr. Nukhet Sandal

Dr. Nukhet Sandal, Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio University, authored a column at the Huffington Post headlined “Killing Jamal Khashoggi Was A Saudi Warning Shot.”

Long before Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, Saudi Arabia had a history of cracking down on dissidents. Little tolerance exists inside the kingdom for activism and dissent. Even abroad, critics have not been safe: Saudi princes critical of the regime have gone missing while living in Europe.

But Khashoggi was not an ordinary dissident. He had started an advocacy group called Democracy for the Arab World Now, which aimed to bring together reformer intellectuals and political Islamists in pursuit of building democracy in the Arab world. Khashoggi also had links to Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist movement that has had tremendous influence in the region but one that Saudi Arabia regards as a regional threat and terrorist organization.

Read her entire column at the Huffington Post.

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