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Saudi Arabia: Palace Intrigue at a Time of Transition

Reva Goujon
VP of Global Analysis, Stratfor
Jan 12, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia's recent, seemingly radical behavior has been attributed to a younger generation of royals. But the kingdom's behavior comes from an age-old imperative to guard against Iran and a developing need to restructure the economy.

Saudi Arabia's recent, seemingly radical behavior has been attributed to a younger generation of royals. But the kingdom's behavior comes from an age-old imperative to guard against Iran and a developing need to restructure the economy.

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Saudi Arabia's recent, seemingly radical behavior has been attributed to a younger generation of royals, particularly Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman. But the forces behind these changes have been building for some time and will elevate Saudi Arabia's role in the region while creating more complications at home....

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