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2020-07-02 Prince Khalid bin Salman on Iran
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2020-07-01 Big Bank Merger Points to Trouble at Heart of Saudi Economy
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2020-06-29 Death of Prince Bandar bin Sa'd
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2020-06-28 Saudi Arabia's Hunt For Cheap Sports Assets
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2020-06-18 Saudi Oil Minister Sees 'Encouraging Signs' of Demand Recovery
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2020-06-15 Saudi Prince Asks $40 Million for 39-Bathroom Beverly Park Compound
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2020-06-14 Fears Rise Over Safety of Detained Saudi Princess, Family Confidant Say
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2020-06-12 Classic-Placed Commissioner Sold to Saudi Arabia
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2020-06-11 Saudi Ambassador to the US Princess Rima bint Bandar Nominated to International Olympic Committee
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2020-06-10 Prince Turki Pays Tribute to Prince Saud al-Faysal
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The Bay'ah and Royal Legitimacy: Misguided Ventures or Last Remaining Hope?

Reports that Prince Saud bin Abd al-Muhsin has arranged Cypriot citizenship for himself and family adds to an already grim picture of senior royals living in a state of fear over the upheaval caused by the ambitions of the country's crown prince. In particular, key members of a committee established to ensure legitimacy in the succession have been targeted in an attempt to preemptively strike a blow at potential opposition to his rise.

MbS and a Surfeit of Crises: Balancing Act or the End of Disruption?

As the enormous economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak become apparent, the crown prince has been caught off guard. As events make the realisation of his vision more and more unlikely, will he adapt and change course in time, or double down and risk it all?

A Royal Purge, Part Two: Crisis Ahead, or Smoothing the Way?

Reports that another round of arrests had ensnared two senior princes, including the king's brother, sparked speculation that a major upheaval was underway. Was Salman really on his deathbed, and the crown prince springing into action? Was this a response to an impending coup, and a crackdown on the ringleaders? Or was this all part of a longer-term plan by the crown prince to ensure his place in succession?

Mixed Signals: Falling in Line or Falling Behind?

As the Kingdom seemingly opens up to modernization, while at the same cracking down on any kind of dissent at home, confusion abounds. Are even senior members of the royal family fully on board with the reforms of the crown prince, or are they reflexively reacting to perceived threats to the old order, imagining a state of affairs which has already been superseded by the new realities around them?

Phone Hacks And Hangers-On: Change Of Course Or Character In Action?

Tech experts have agreed with "high certainty" that the phone of billionaire Jeff Bezos was compromised, and personal data stolen, by the crown prince through messaging app trickery; there is now concern that British PM Boris Johnson may have been been similarly hacked. Does this campaign represent an intensification of Muhammad bin Salman's ongoing efforts at repression and control, or are the revelations merely an accidental glimpse into his character?

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