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2021-03-03 Crushing Dissent: The Saudi Kill Team Behind Khashoggi�¢??s Death
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2021-03-02 German Group Wants Saudi Prince Charged
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2021-03-02 Prince Bandar bin Sultan: Khashoggi Case is Closed
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2021-02-28 Supporters of Detained Saudi Princess Call for UK to Help Secure Release
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2021-02-28 White House Defends Its Decision Not to Sanction Saudi Prince
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2021-02-27 Biden Won't Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi's Killing, Fearing Relations Breach
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2021-02-27 Crown Prince Attends Formula E Diriyah E-Prix
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2021-02-26 US Says Saudi Prince Approved Khashoggi Killing
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2021-02-26 Newly Declassified U.S. Report Holds Saudi Crown Prince Responsible for Khashoggi Killing
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2021-02-26 Death of Prince Fahd bin Muhammad bin Abd al-Aziz
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The Arab Spring Revisited: The Royal Response

Ten years on from the "Arab Spring", the royal family has solidified its grip on the nation. Increasingly confident in his ability to tamp down dissent, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is more concerned with burnishing his image as a progressive and pleasing his American ally than addressing the concerns of the citizen. In light of the contradictions between a professed desire for reform and the intolerance of dissent, what would be the response to a new round of anti-government sentiment, with the Kingdom in financial straits and pressure from the U.S. and Europe over the suppression of human rights at home?

Shock Therapy: Confronting a New Reality?

Saudi's haste to patch up relations with neighboring Qatar, rush to prosecute dissidents, and a volte-face on oil production cuts all come as U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden prepares to take office on January 20. Is the Kingdom's crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, only now realizing the extent to which relations with its American ally will fundamentally change?

Competing Narratives: Changing the Tune or Evolving Chaos?

Ever since Prince Bandar bin Sultan's headline-grabbing interview in which he angrily denounced the Palestinian leadership, speculation has been rife over a normalization deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia. But with Prince Turki al-Faysal's more recent verbal lashing of Israel, assumptions about a coming rapprochement have been consigned to the dustbin. Does the confusion reflect second thoughts about engaging with Israel, or is it a symptom of a broader rift within the royal family?

An Election Dilemma: Moving Forward or Nursing Wounds?

As world leaders rushed to send congratulatory messages to US President-Elect Joe Biden on his electoral victory, Saudi Arabia was notably silent. It was no surprise that the crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, had his hopes pinned on a Trump win, but has the apparent snub already set the tone for future relations for the new administration?

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?

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