February 19, 2013
Saudi Arabia: Kingdom of No Suprises
Michael Stephens, Foreign Policy
After two years of trying to steer the course of the Arab Spring, Saudi Arabia is turning inward. The past year has seen the octogenarian King Abdullah usher in a new generation of younger princes to replace rapidly aging and less competent members of the ruling house. Indeed, it's not the ripple effects from the uprisings across the Middle East that occupy the minds of Saudi watchers these days, but the management of the transition from the sons to the grandsons of Ibn Saud, the kingdom's founder.
Change is coming to Saudi Arabia -- but however it plays out, expect some basic truths about the kingdom to remain the same.
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