Saudi Arabia is showing a bolder side. The Kingdom has taken a new direction, undergoing changes in dynastic succession, foreign policy, and economic strategy.
1. The recent changes in Saudi royal succession are unprecedented. For the first time, the crown will transfer to the third generation of the al-Saud family.
In April, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud reshuffled the monarchy’s order of power, naming his nephew and Saudi’s current Minister of the Interior, Mohammed bin Nayef, as Crown Prince in place of his own half-brother. Nayef, a survivor of a 2009 al-Qaeda assassination attempt, is popular for his strong stance against jihadist militants that threaten domestic stability.
King Salman also named his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as Deputy Crown Prince. Considered a rising star in the Saudi government, Mohammed bin Salman was appointed Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Defense in January and has been a critical player in Saudi Arabia’s shifting foreign policy approach.