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Fareed Zakaria: Can Khashoggi's death be a turning point for Saudi Arabia?

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A CNN Special Report "Saudi Arabia: Kingdom of Secrets," hosted by Fareed Zakaria, airs Sunday, March 3, at 8 p.m. ET. Fareed Zakaria is the host of CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS." He is also a columnist for The Washington Post and the author of "In Defense of a Liberal Education" and "The Post-American World." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles on CNN.

(CNN)Let me begin this brief commentary on a personal note.

I knew Jamal Khashoggi. Fifteen years ago, when I traveled to Saudi Arabia to write a cover story about it for Newsweek, he was one of the people who briefed me beforehand and spent some time with me while I was in the country. I had a television show on PBS before I got to CNN, and I invited him on to talk about the future of his country. He was well-read and thoughtful, a Saudi reformer but very much a Saudi patriot. I reacted to his death personally,........