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By Senior Analyst Talal Kapoor

Princess Rima bint Bandar has recently emerged as the accidental champion of women's rights in the Kingdom. Will her prominence allow for a candid discussion on the place of women in society, or is her appointment to oversee women's sport simply a token gesture to deflect criticism?
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King Salman Receives US Delegation
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Commentary
The Two Muhammads - Battle Royale or Anticlimax?

Much has been made of the tensions between Prince Muhammad bin Nayif and his young nephew, the deputy crown prince, amid speculation that the rivalry could open up a potentially fatal rift within the royal family. The more likely scenario, however, is a smooth transition of power, uneventful and with little fanfare.
Muhammad bin Salman's US Visit: Victory Lap or Dangerous Gamble?

The visit of the Kingdom's deputy crown prince this week to the United States flew largely under the radar, though it was widely heralded in the Middle Eastern press. Nonetheless, it had all the markings of what some have called an unofficial state visit, prompting speculation that the trip represents a victory in his rivalry with the crown prince and heir apparent. But has he come too far, too fast?
Mit'ab bin Abdallah - Holding The Keys To The Kingdom?

Amidst speculation over palace coups and angst over the wholesale upheaval of the established order, one figure has been largely absent from the discussion. Does the fate of the Kingdom's hinge on the National Guard?
A Crackdown On Royal Dissent - Fear Or Frustration?

Challenges to the leadership structure during times of crisis are a persistent feature of Al Saud rule, but does a clampdown on expressions of royal dissent represent in all cases the response to a threat to the established order and warn of an impending crisis? Or are there situations where intolerance for opposition is simply the result of the need to mop up any remaining bits of resistance in the aftermath of great upheaval?
The Incredible Shrinking Prince: The Fall Of Muhammad bin Salman?

The Kingdom's Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince, under the gun for the lack of military success in Yemen and the target of princely ire for the way he has leapfrogged others in the line of succession, has seen his public profile shrink dramatically in recent weeks. Meanwhile, his cousin Mit'ab bin Abdallah, Minister of the National Guard and once thought to be a strong contender for the position Muhammad now occupies, is recapturing the media spotlight. Are major changes afoot in the Kingdom?
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