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Stig Stenslie  is assistant director general and head of the Asia Division of the Norwegian Defence Staff. He has held visiting fellowships at, among others, the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies in Oslo, the National University in Singapore and Columbia University in New York. He hold...
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From ‘Abd Allah to Salman: royal succession in Saudi Arabia

Stig Stenslie, 10 April 2015

On January 23rd 2015 Salman succeeded ‘Abd Allah as king of Saudi Arabia. On the same day the new king named his half-brother, Muqrin, crown prince and his nephew, Muhammad bin Nayif, deputy crown prince, making him second in line of succession. The king also named his son, Muhammad bin Salman, defence minister and head of the royal court. Through these appointments Salman initiated the much-debated generational change in the royal family, transferring power from the sons to the grandsons of Ibn Sa‘ud. King Salman has publicly pledged to stay on the path as his predecessors, and there are reasons to expect continuity rather than change in Saudi Arabia’s foreign, energy, and domestic policies.

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