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By Senior Analyst Talal Kapoor

The elevation of the king's nephew and son to the roles of crown prince and deputy crown prince, respectively, has rekindled talk of the re-emergence of the al-Sudayri faction in royal family politics. But should the shifting succession dynamic be framed in such terms?
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A Royal Reshuffle: Pragmatic Politics or Securing a Legacy?

Barely four months into his reign, King Salman has yet again surprised with his ability to move quickly and boldly, reshaping the succession to favor his own son and nephew. Despite the semblance of unity in policy and decision-making during the time of his predecessor's rule, Salman now appears to be directly undermining the late King Abdallah's vision.
Muhammad bin Salman: The Celebrity Prince?

With the conflict in Yemen intensifying by the day, the young and untested Defense Minister Muhammad bin Salman, who is also the king's son, has his work cut out. With so much riding on the success of the military operation, the largest Saudi effort in almost 100 years, can he afford to fail?
The King's Gambit - Crown Prince Muqrin and the Succession

The unusual circumstances surrounding the appointment of Muqrin bin Abd al-Aziz to the post of crown prince, and the rapid pace of change since the new monarch, Salman, came to power, raises disturbing questions over succession planning. Did Salman acquiesce in the late king's nomination of Muqrin because he was the best man for the job, or was his support part of a grander design?
The Royal Succession - Dawn Of A New Era?

Immediately following King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz' death, newly crowned King Salman lost no time in rearranging matters to his own liking, dismissing Abdallah's sons and allies from their posts and advancing the interests of his own favorites.
The Oil Price Collapse of 2014: Will Budget Shortfalls Alter The Succession Dynamic?

Is Saudi Arabia's reluctance to take action to stem the collapsing price of oil part of a deliberate strategy to weaken regional foes, or is the Kingdom caught in the unpleasant position of having to weather a short- term economic storm in order to retain market share? Though all evidence points to the latter, the long-term fallout could yet be severe.
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