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2019-11-19 Prominent Saudi Princess Basmah bint Saud 'Missing'
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2019-11-19 Shrunken Aramco Listing Could Crimp Saudi Crown Prince's Bigger Plans
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2019-11-18 Princess Sara bint Saud Profile
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2019-11-18 Princess Sara bint Saud Sponsors Mentor Internationa Ceremony
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2019-11-18 Saudi Princess Says the West Has It Wrong, Women Have It Better in Saudi Arabia
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2019-11-18 In Saudi Arabia, Liberalism and Openness Is Now an Order
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2019-11-17 Riyadh Governor Prince Faysal bin Bandar Leads Funeral Prayers
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2019-11-15 Liberated Saudi Youth Wonder Where All the Wahhabis Have Gone
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2019-11-15 Death of Prince Turki bin Abdallah
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2019-11-15 Death Of Mother of Prince Sultan bin Abdallah
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New Face At The Top: Cleanup Or Counterweight?

Unprecedented attacks on the Kingdom's oil infrastructure have focussed attention on the leadership's failure to defend even the most critical facilities, despite overseeing the third-largest military budget in the world. Will royal patience finally wear out with crown prince and Defense Minister Muhammad bin Salman?

Royal Dalliance and Soft Power: Changing Mores or Sidelined Princes?

With the crown prince rumored to be dating American actress Lindsay Lohan, a similar affair from the past comes to mind, involving his predecessor and uncle, the late King Fahd. At the time, royal family opposition destroyed any chance of an enduring relationship; given Muhammad bin Salman's pre-eminent position within the family today, would the same dynamic hold?

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.

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