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2018-04-21 Gunfire Erupts Near Royal Palace
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2018-04-17 Saudi Arabia: Why Is Going To The Cinema Suddenly OK?
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2018-04-16 Saudi King Uses Arab Summit To Adjust Riyadh's Stance Toward Trump
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2018-04-15 Saudi Crown Prince Wraps up Multi-Nation Charm Offensive
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2018-04-13 Crown Prince Arrives In Saudi Arabia After Royal Tour
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2018-04-13 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Receives Princes, Officials and Citizens in Eastern Region
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2018-04-12 Saudi Could Take Part In Military Response In Syria: Crown Prince
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2018-04-11 Crown Prince Arrives In Spain
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2018-04-11 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Arrives In The Eastern Region
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2018-04-10 Saudi Prince Partners With National Geographic Encounter
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The Crown Prince, Change And Failure: Grooming For Power?

In the midst of excited chatter over the latest news on Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, it has nearly been forgotten that King Salman is still in charge. The king, despite exaggerated reports of his declining health, continues to groom his favorite son for office, allowing him wide latitude for action while still holding back from a complete abdication.

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.

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