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2017-07-24 Crown Prince In Charge As King Heads On Holiday
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz left for holiday abroad on Monday and appointed his son, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abd al-Aziz, to run the affairs o...
2017-07-24 Prince Khalid bin Salman Begins Work as Saudi Arabia's New Ambassador to Washington
Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abd al-Aziz has got off to an energetic start as Saudi Arabia's new ambassador to Washington, making the rounds in the US capital as Riyadh t...
2017-07-24 Saudi Prince: 'Let Us Go And Fight For Al-Aqsa'
The son of the late Saudi King Fahd bin Abd al-Aziz took to the social networking site Twitter to discuss the events unfolding at al-Aqsa Mosque and the Israeli restricti...
2017-07-24 King Salman Arrives in Tangier, Morocco
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz arrived in Morocco on Monday evening on a private vacation. Upon arrival at Ibn Battouta A...
2017-07-24 King Salman Leaves Jiddah For Abroad On Private Vacation
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz left Jiddah today afternoon for abroad on a private vacation....
2017-07-23 Saudi Economic Pain Will Test Resolve of Prince's Reform Push
Saudi Arabia's drive to reduce the economy's reliance on oil has hit a snag: its reliance on oil. More than a year after the kingdom's dominant leader, Crown Prince Muham...
2017-07-22 US President Receives Saudi Ambassador to Washington
President Donald Trump of the United States of America received at the White House yesterday, on Friday Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abd al-Aziz, the Saudi Ambassador to ...
2017-07-22 Prince Khalid al-Faysal Heads Saudi Delegation to Egypt
On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz, Prince Khalid al-Faysal bin Abd al-Aziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques ...
2017-07-20 Video of Beating Leads to Saudi Prince Arrest
A Saudi prince has been arrested on the orders of Saudi King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz after videos were circulated on social media which appeared to show the prince beating...
2017-07-20 Then There Was One: Saudi Prince All Alone Near Summit of Power
Saudi Arabia has never been a democracy but for several decades it's been governed by a loose consensus among an extended royal family. Not, it seems, anymore....
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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.

An Asian Tour: Opportunity At Home?

King Salman's Asian tour left the Crown Prince in charge of affairs as his deputy. But while the king's visit to Indonesia garnered worldwide attention for the displays of wealth and the size of his retinue, Muhammad bin Nayif was presented with a golden opportunity to raise his profile at home.

Taking the Measure of the New Administration: Change in Store, but for Whom?

Despite U.S. President Trump's unorthodox style, Saudi has appeared to take the new administration in stride. This is not solely due to diplomatic niceties; the royals are cautiously optimistic that the Americans will lend their weight to a regional effort to contain and confront Iran, a matter which overshadows all else. But the appearance of Trump on the scene threatens to upend royal family domestic politics as well.