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The newsflash in the Wall Street Journal last week that the Saudi government has decided to rethink its "multi-billion dollar U.S. financial strategy", as well as the possible New York listing for the partial IPO of Saudi Aramco in 2018, is the first public marker of a trend we have observed in private conversations in the Middle East going back to March of this year: many senior decision-makers in the Middle East are concerned about the political risk posed by the incoming Trump Administration in the United States, they and have begun to make important financial decisions informed by their assessment of that political risk.