Perception of Saudi involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance is having consequences, but governments will wait until dust settles

The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will shortly enter its third week and despite speculation and various accusations, what exactly happened remains unclear. Despite this, there are already consequences for Saudi Arabia on the political, diplomatic, and even business scene. However, it is unlikely that governments will make a concrete move until more is known about Khashoggi’s whereabouts. In this context, absent such concrete evidence of Saudi involvement, Le Beck assesses that retaliatory measures will be limited if they are implemented at all.

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