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This Is Not Your Father’s Saudi Arabia

| June 21, 2017

The new crown prince, 31, promises economic revival and a more assertive world role. Can he deliver?

The appointment of Mohammad bin Salman, 31, as Saudi Arabia’s next king will accelerate his radical reform and further solidify the U.S.-Saudi partnership. King Salman’s long-anticipated decision to name his son crown prince almost certainly is intended to present a unified face to the kingdom’s adversaries, especially Iran—and to bolster U.S. support for a more assertive Riyadh.

The royal decree removing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, was said to be supported by 31 of the 34 members of the Kingdom’s Allegiance...

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For Academic Citation: House, Karen.“This Is Not Your Father’s Saudi Arabia.” The Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2017.

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