The searing Showtime documentary about Jamal Kashoggi’s murder, Kingdom of Silence, and the United States-Saudi Arabia relationship, brought me back to the first weeks of his reported disappearance

“But I have also been reading a lot about a man I didn’t know, Jamal Khashoggi, who appears tragically to have been murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. His fiancée was waiting for him outside. Jamal was a friend to a number of my friends, though I didn’t know until they started posting on social media that he had gone missing.

Who was Jamal? I will answer only with the barest facts: He was a writer and journalist who grew up in close proximity to the Saudi royal family.In recent years, he had been critical of illiberal policies of the new Saudi Crown Prince and taken up permanent residency in the United States.


Alexander Djerassi

A diplomat, bureaucrat, political campaigner, and entrepreneur. Attended Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and Yale Law School.

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