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2020-09-25 INnerview with Princess Lamia bint Majid
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2020-09-24 Saudi King's Rare Address to UN Showcases Monarch in Charge
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2020-09-23 Saudi King, in First U.N. Speech, Assails Longtime Nemesis Iran
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2020-09-23 Prince Turki al-Faysal Speaks to CNBC
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2020-09-18 Saudi Crown Prince Hails National Anti-Corruption Commission�¢??s Role in Fighting Corruption
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2020-09-18 Saudi Royal Family Divides Over Potential Embrace of Israe
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2020-09-18 Will Saudi Arabia Be Next to Normalize Relations with Israel? Don't Hold Your Breath, Experts Say
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2020-09-17 Saudi Prince Calls for End to OPEC+ Cheating
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2020-09-12 Interview With Princess Lamiya bint Majid
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2020-09-11 Trump Reportedly Boasted About 'Saving' Saudi Crown Prince After Khashoggi Killing
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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?

The Bay'ah and Royal Legitimacy: Misguided Ventures or Last Remaining Hope?

Reports that Prince Saud bin Abd al-Muhsin has arranged Cypriot citizenship for himself and family adds to an already grim picture of senior royals living in a state of fear over the upheaval caused by the ambitions of the country's crown prince. In particular, key members of a committee established to ensure legitimacy in the succession have been targeted in an attempt to preemptively strike a blow at potential opposition to his rise.

MbS and a Surfeit of Crises: Balancing Act or the End of Disruption?

As the enormous economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak become apparent, the crown prince has been caught off guard. As events make the realisation of his vision more and more unlikely, will he adapt and change course in time, or double down and risk it all?

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