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2018-01-18 Saudi Wealth Remains Hidden as Government Pursues $100 Billion
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2018-01-15 Saudi Arabia Closes the World's Ritziest Prison
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2018-01-15 Crown Prince Boasts of Trump Support: Report
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2018-01-14 Prince al-Walid bin Talal in Settlement Talks With Government
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2018-01-12 Saudi Arabia Transfers Ritz-Carlton Detainees to al-Ha'ir Prison
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2018-01-12 Riyadh Governor Opens Saudi Aviation Show
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2018-01-11 Are Saudi Arrests Crackdown, Shakedown or Purge?: QuickTake Q&A
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2018-01-11 Even Saudi Arabia's Allies Are Questioning Its Mideast Power Plays
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2018-01-09 Saudi's Crown Prince Creates Personal 'Blackwater' Army
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2018-01-09 Saudi Prince Who Criticized Arrest of Relatives is Sacked
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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?

Changing Family Dynamics: End of an Interlude?

As traditional assumptions about the place of consensus, seniority and compromise in domestic family politics are cast aside in the face of new realities, any discussion of succession must take into account the evolving dynamics. The more recent history of the Al Saud, in fact, and the impression drawn of of stability, practicality, and quiet competence, may, in the larger scheme, prove more the exception than the rule.

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