After days of stonewalling, Saudi Arabia has now admitted its involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. But it remains unclear what led Prince Mohammed bin Salman to order the assassination or acquiesce to it. Commentators have seen in Khashoggi’s death a great political miscalculation by the prince.
Steven Ratner is the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. His research addresses a range of public international law issues, including armed conflict, accountability for human rights violations, territorial borders and ethnic conflict, regulation of foreign investment, and global justice. He served as an Attorney-Adviser at the U.S. Department of State and has also served on two panels of experts of the UN Secretary-General addressing post-conflict accountability in Cambodia and in Sri Lanka.
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