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2020-12-04 Detained Former Saudi Crown Prince at Risk After Social Media Attacks, Say Lawyers
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2020-12-03 Outcry as Detained Saudi Prince Apparently Moved to Secret Site
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2020-12-03 Death of Princess Hussah bint Faysal
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2020-12-02 Saudi Royals Issued Permits for Hunting Houbara Bustards
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2020-12-01 Interview with Princess Nura bint Faysal
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2020-11-29 On Behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Riyadh Graces Horse Race
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2020-11-28 Secret Meeting in Desert Between Israeli, Saudi Leaders Failed to Reach Normalization Agreement
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2020-11-24 Riyadh Governor to Attend Delayed Final of King's Cup
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2020-11-23 Saudi Foreign Minister Denies Crown Prince Meeting With Israelis
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2020-11-22 Pompeo Arrives in Saudi Arabia for Talks with Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman
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Disruption Top to Bottom: The Reappearance of Bandar bin Sultan

In what many are calling a "writ of divorce", the Saudi royals have blasted the Palestinian status quo and let it be known that henceforth, foreign policy will not be driven by traditional considerations. Does this represent a victory for the reformist views of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, or is it a strategic shift based on a pivot away from American leadership in the region?

Ambition Meets Reality: The Crown Prince's Dilemma

Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, now effectively in charge of policy, has gambled that the support of the younger generation and a pragmatic approach to foreign and domestic affairs will win out over the traditional pillars of the Saudi state in his quest for major reform. His over-reliance on an American ally may jeopardize his ambitions, however, if a change in Washington comes to pass.

An Unpredictable Prince: Realpolitik Or Royal Politics?

The juxtaposition of two events over the past month throws into focus the challenges faced by Saudi Arabia as the country nears the end of an era. First, the aging king was hospitalised; then news broke that his son and heir was alleged to have sent a hit squad to Canada in pursuit of a settling of scores. The timing of the announcements highlights the fragility of the current structure, wherein the monarch drifts towards the periphery, and policy depends on the whims and hidden motives of the crown prince.

Royal Family Domestic Politics in the Modern Era: Co-optation, Rebellion and Dissent (Part II)

With the end of the rebellion against what was to become the ruling branch of the family, power became more concentrated then ever in the hands of a small group of senior royals. The extended period from the 1980's until the present era, when a succession of aging kings took their place on the throne, denying the next generation the opportunity to establish itself, has accelerated this process. Now, as a new crown prince waits his turn, little remains of the traditional royal family structure.

Royal Family Domestic Politics in the Modern Era: Co-optation, Rebellion and Dissent (Part I)

Concerns are mounting for the well-being of a number of detained family members, amid uncertainty over the reasons for their arrest. The Al Saud is no stranger to intra-familial struggle, as an often bloody history shows, but does the treatment of internal conflict represent a marked shift in approach?

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