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2019-09-17 Its Lifeblood Attacked, What Are Saudi Arabia's Options Now?
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2019-09-17 Job One for Saudis' New Energy Chief: Picking Up the Pieces
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2019-09-16 Prince Abdullah bin Musa'id Wins Sheffield United Ownership Battle
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2019-09-16 Makkah Region Governor Washes the Holy Kaaba
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2019-09-15 MBS Tells Trump Saudi 'Willing and Able' to Respond to Attacks
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2019-09-15 Crown Prince Patronizes the Closing Ceremony of the Second Camel Festival
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2019-09-14 Role Model: Princess Lamiya bint Majid
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2019-09-13 Prince Abd al-Aziz bin Salman: Oil Hawk With Soft Diplomacy Touch
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2019-09-12 Saudi Princess Sentenced for Plumber Kidnapping in Paris
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2019-09-11 Princess Lamiya bint Majid Unveils Islamic Art at The Louvre in Paris
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Clerics and Confidantes: Royal Crackdown or Seismic Shift?

Shaykh Salman al-Awda, one of the most high-profile religious figures in the Kingdom, faces the death penalty for his perceived opposition to official government policy. Is his case unique, and the severity of his actions such that he represents a genuine challenge to power, or does he represent a shift in dynamic of the Al Saud's partnership with the religious establishment?

da Vinci and the Plumber: Royal Exceptions or the Rule?

Separate news events involving the crown prince and his sister highlight the often un-Islamic behavior of the royal family. Is this part of a long-standing pattern, or have the senior royals embarked on a dangerous and cynical new course?

Muhammad bin Salman and the Great Unknowns: A Closer Understanding or Distant Conceit?

Three big uncertainties surround the crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, and his leadership role - what, if any, influence does his father, King Salman, have over domestic family politics; does the larger family, especially its senior members, still retain any influence over succession; and to what extent is a larger framework in place to govern executive decision making. The answers to these questions, however, are likely to be remain unanswered as events on the ground overtake a complete understanding of the unfolding dynamic.

Muhammad bin Salman And The Crushing Of Dissent: Derailing Succession Or Tightening The Grip?

It is no secret that the Kingdom has embarked on a campaign of repression, silencing any who might challenge the agenda and succession prospects of the crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman. A ramping up of the intensity and extent of the crackdown raises the question of his survivability - will the king, committed to his son's prospects, take a knee and let the clock run out, or will an overconfident Muhammad celebrate too soon and see his world come crashing down?

A Father-Son Rift: Change Of Course Or Course Correction?

The news that King Salman has stripped his son Muhammad, the crown prince, of some financial and economic authority should be considered unsurprising. A widening rift at the top has been apparent for months, and calls to rein in the reckless heir to the throne have only accelerated in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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