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2020-10-20 U.S. Lawsuit Filed Against Saudi Prince for Khashoggi Killing
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2020-10-20 'Sleeping' Saudi Prince Moves Hands After 15 Years in Coma
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2020-10-20 Royal Court Announces Death of Prince Nawwaf bin Sa'd
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2020-10-15 Pompeo Promises 'Robust' Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
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2020-10-13 Prince Faysal bin Farhan to Visit Washington for Strategic Dialogue
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2020-10-09 Crown Prince Has Spent US$40,000 on Battle Pass Levels
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2020-10-09 Princess Sarah bint Musa'id Appointed to Family Affairs Council
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2020-10-07 British MPs Launch Enquiry Into Missing Saudi Princes
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2020-10-07 Senior Saudi Royal Turns Up Heat on "Failed" Palestinian Leaders
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2020-10-06 Saudi Prince Accuses Palestinian Leaders of Failing Palestinians
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Ambition Meets Reality: The Crown Prince's Dilemma

Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, now effectively in charge of policy, has gambled that the support of the younger generation and a pragmatic approach to foreign and domestic affairs will win out over the traditional pillars of the Saudi state in his quest for major reform. His over-reliance on an American ally may jeopardize his ambitions, however, if a change in Washington comes to pass.

An Unpredictable Prince: Realpolitik Or Royal Politics?

The juxtaposition of two events over the past month throws into focus the challenges faced by Saudi Arabia as the country nears the end of an era. First, the aging king was hospitalised; then news broke that his son and heir was alleged to have sent a hit squad to Canada in pursuit of a settling of scores. The timing of the announcements highlights the fragility of the current structure, wherein the monarch drifts towards the periphery, and policy depends on the whims and hidden motives of the crown prince.

Royal Family Domestic Politics in the Modern Era: Co-optation, Rebellion and Dissent (Part II)

With the end of the rebellion against what was to become the ruling branch of the family, power became more concentrated then ever in the hands of a small group of senior royals. The extended period from the 1980's until the present era, when a succession of aging kings took their place on the throne, denying the next generation the opportunity to establish itself, has accelerated this process. Now, as a new crown prince waits his turn, little remains of the traditional royal family structure.

Royal Family Domestic Politics in the Modern Era: Co-optation, Rebellion and Dissent (Part I)

Concerns are mounting for the well-being of a number of detained family members, amid uncertainty over the reasons for their arrest. The Al Saud is no stranger to intra-familial struggle, as an often bloody history shows, but does the treatment of internal conflict represent a marked shift in approach?

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.

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