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By Senior Analyst Talal Kapoor

News that Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir had been executed for murder elicited widespread praise from within the Kingdom for the equal treatment under the law the royal's punishment represented. But was the high-profile act a response to a growing realization by the royal family that the turbulent pace of change may be putting the social compact under increasing stress?
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Commentary
Parisian Affairs - A Cautionary Tale?

As the deputy crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, travels the world showcasing his ambitious plans for the Kingdom's future, his sister's escapades in France cast an unfavorable light on the royal family. Does the apparent contradiction between words and action highlight a flaw in the prince's vision?
Vision 2030: A Dangerous Game?

The Deputy Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, has staked his future on the outcome of an ambitious blueprint for economic transformation, a plan whose success hinges, paradoxically, on crude oil prices - the lifeblood of the Kingdom and the source of royal wealth - remaining permanently suppressed. Will a resurgence in energy markets spell doom for Muhammad's vision?
Women's Rights Initiatives: An Olympic Endeavor?

Princess Rima bint Bandar has recently emerged as the accidental champion of women's rights in the Kingdom. Will her prominence allow for a candid discussion on the place of women in society, or is her appointment to oversee women's sport simply a token gesture to deflect criticism?
The Two Muhammads - Battle Royale or Anticlimax?

Much has been made of the tensions between Prince Muhammad bin Nayif and his young nephew, the deputy crown prince, amid speculation that the rivalry could open up a potentially fatal rift within the royal family. The more likely scenario, however, is a smooth transition of power, uneventful and with little fanfare.
Muhammad bin Salman's US Visit: Victory Lap or Dangerous Gamble?

The visit of the Kingdom's deputy crown prince this week to the United States flew largely under the radar, though it was widely heralded in the Middle Eastern press. Nonetheless, it had all the markings of what some have called an unofficial state visit, prompting speculation that the trip represents a victory in his rivalry with the crown prince and heir apparent. But has he come too far, too fast?
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