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2023-11-29 Prince Abd al-Aziz bin Turki Chairs ISSF General Assembly Meeting in Riyadh
2023-11-27 Prince Faysal bin Farhan in Barcelona
2023-11-27 Prince Faysal bin Bandar Elected IESF President
2023-11-22 Crown Prince Joins Virtual BRICS Summit
2023-11-20 Qatari Amir Receives Prince Turki bin Muhammad bin Fahd
2023-11-19 Prince Turki al-Faysal Speaks at ISS 2023 Manama Dialogue in Bahrain
2023-11-18 Death of Princess Nura bint Saud bin Abdallah
2023-11-18 Saudi Foreign Minister Attends Opening Ceremony of Manama Dialogue
2023-11-17 Crown Prince Chairs and Inaugurates SAUDI-CARICOM Summit in Riyadh
2023-11-13 Death of Prince Saud bin Muhammad bin Fahd
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Stage Management: Spectacles, Sidelining And Dissent

Even as the Kingdom takes steps towards cultural liberalization, an intense crackdown on activists and political dissidents continues unabated. Can the attempt to change its international image be reconciled with the extraordinary sentences being handed down by the courts?

A Royal in Morocco: The Strange Case of Princess Fahda al-Hithlayn

News of the lavish Moroccan holiday of Fahda, the wife of Saudi King Salman, seems to fly in the face of widespread reports of her supposed captivity on the orders of her own son, the crown prince. Was the sensational allegation by foreign intelligence agencies flawed, or has a family reconciliation taken place?

Reform, Crackdown and Succession: Continuity or Disruption?

As the crown prince and de facto regent Muhammad bin Salman presses ahead with an ambitious program of social and structural reforms, it is often assumed that he is pursuing a radically vision than that preferred by his more conservative father, King Salman. A closer look, however, reveals that the two are in fact closely aligned.

The Qur'anic Vision of Muhammad bin Salman: Conviction or Politics?

Behind the spate of reforms introduced by the crown prince is an influential group of Islamic scholars holding that only the Qur'an is the source of divine law, while much of the literature of 'hadith' is suspect. So far, the younger generation has embraced his reforms, but the change in outlook represents a profound rift with the Kingdom's past.

Spectacle and Ceremony: Honoring Tradition or Managing Expectation?

Bursting with pomp and circumstance, the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, and later the coronation of her heir, King Charles III, were monumental productions involving the full apparatus of state, broadcast live to the world (with the taxpayer footing the bill). In contrast, the funeral of Saudi kings and the accession of a new monarch are swift and simple affairs, grounded in the Kingdom's austere brand of Islam and the royal family's tribal roots.