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2018-03-22 Saudi Crown Prince Reportedly Bragged After Purge: 'I Have Kushner in My Pocket'
2018-03-21 Saudi Prince's Nuclear Bomb Comment May Scuttle Reactor Deal
2018-03-20 In '60 Minutes' Interview, Saudi Crown Prince Boasts Of $100 Billion From Anti-Corruption Roundup
2018-03-20 Saudi Crown Prince Arrives at White House to Meet with Trump
2018-03-20 Saudi Prince al-Walid bin Talal Reached Secret Agreement With Government: BBG TV
2018-03-20 Saudi Arabia Scales Back Plan For Aramco's Massive IPO
2018-03-2 Fed Up With 'Fake News', Saudi Prince Speaks Out About Royal Detention
2018-03-19 Crown Prince Departs for Washington
2018-03-18 Controversial Saudi Prince Known as MBS Heads to White House and Silicon Valley
2018-03-17 Crown Prince Prepares to Leave for US
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Age of Disruption: The Fourth Saudi State?

Now that Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is firmly in control, is it premature to ask whether his footing is so secure, and his power base so distinct from that of his predecessors, that one may begin to distinguish the outlines of a fundamentally new political state?

The Strange Case Of The 'Salvatore Mundi' - Hiding In Plain Sight?

At the same time as the identity of the mysterious buyer of an expensive and controversial work of auctioned art is revealed to be Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, the fate of dozens of royals detained for alleged corruption remains uncertain. Does the news of his purchase make a mockery of his economic austerity program, or is Muhammad sending a subtle message to his opponents?

A Royal Purge: Public Relations or Private Scores?

The spectacular arrests of high-profile members of the royal family on November 4 rivetted the world's attention on Saudi Arabia and it's young crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman. Under the guise of an anti-corruption drive, any opposition to Muhammad from within the royal family has been effectively shut down; at the same time, the purge solidifies his support from the broader public.

The Disaffected Princes: Danger From Within?

Despite an implicit admission that achieving the targets of Vision 2030 will be difficult, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is ploughing ahead with reforms. At the same time, any criticism of royal rule is being firmly rebuffed. Dealing with immediate threats to royal rule, however, may leave Muhammad exposed to challenge on another front.

The Islamist Crackdown: Impending Autocracy Or Crumbling Support?

The month of September got under way with an alarming crackdown on dissent which targeted critics of the newly-installed crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman. At the same time as he scales back plans for the ambitious Vision 2030, the crown prince is moving to solidify his position. But do his aggressive tactics underline how tenuous his position really is, or rather, do they expose an overconfident belief that he can navigate the treacherous waters alone?