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2017-09-20 King Receives Football Officials, Players
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2017-09-19 King Salman Receives Dignitaries in Jiddah
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2017-09-19 Saudi Crown Prince, British Defense Minister Sign Military Agreement
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2017-09-18 Prince Sultan bin Salman Discusses Future of Tourism at Chengdu
CHENGDU, China Prince Sultan Bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and head of the Kingdom's delegation, participated in...
2017-09-18 Makkah Governor to Open New Headquarters of Moderation Center
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2017-09-16 Prince Abd al-Hakim bin Musa'id Leads Saudi Delegation, Participating in 5th Asian Closed Doors' Games
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2017-09-15 Saudi Prince Joins Board Of Directors At Plant-Based Startup Hampton Creek
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2017-09-14 Prince Sultan bin Salman Participates in Election of WTO New Secretary Genera
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2017-09-14 Saudi Arabia Detains Critics as New Crown Prince Consolidates Power
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2017-09-14 Saudi Arabia's Economic Overhaul Claims a Victim
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Changing Family Dynamics: End of an Interlude?

As traditional assumptions about the place of consensus, seniority and compromise in domestic family politics are cast aside in the face of new realities, any discussion of succession must take into account the evolving dynamics. The more recent history of the Al Saud, in fact, and the impression drawn of of stability, practicality, and quiet competence, may, in the larger scheme, prove more the exception than the rule.

Succession Shock - The Trump Effect?

The King has replaced Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayif with his own son, Muhammad, the deputy crown prince and defense minister, in a move which, though not entirely unexpected, represents a seismic shift in the succession dynamic. Now, the position of deputy crown prince remains vacant - will Salman abdicate in favor of his son, and who will be next in line?

The End of Consensus: Uncharted Terrain?

The rapid promotion of King Salman's son, Muhammad, highlights a fundamental contrast between the king and his predecessor. In the matter of succession, owing to his position within the royal family and a different outlook resulting from that advantage, Salman can afford to downplay the role of consensus and effect a radical break from the past.

The Death of Prince Mish'al - Demise of the Allegiance Committee?

With the death of Prince Mish'al, Chairman of the Allegiance Commission - the formal entity established to decide succession matters - King Salman has an opportunity to reconstitute the body and restore its relevancy at a time of great uncertainty over the role of his favorite son, the controversial Muhammad, who serves as deputy crown prince. It is a course of action Salman is unlikely to take.

Hazards Ahead For Muhammad bin Salman: Trump To The Rescue?

The star of the deputy crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, will rise now that the Americans have thrown their weight behind Saudi efforts to reign in Iranian regional influence. President Trump, an unlikely ally, may ensure that Muhammad's place in the succession is secure.

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