Bahrain’s crown prince is navigating protesters’ demands for a democratically elected government by ordering troops to withdraw from Pearl Square and by saying he’ll meet with opposition leaders. If you’re wondering who Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa even is, he is the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
He’s also a skilled politician and diplomat, which you can see on display in this video of a special panel on Middle East peace at the Clinton Global Initiative. The other participants: Salam Fayyad, prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority, and Shimon Peres, president of the state of Israel, and former President Bill Clinton.
The leader of this tiny island nation is part of a new generation of Middle Eastern leaders who may be integral to the peaceful and successful transitions of these autocratic and monarchical governments under challenge. Did you find this helpful?