Mohamed bin Salman seems to be deliberately dismantling the traditional paternalistic governance system in Saudi Arabia. Part wealthy tycoon and part populist insurgent he wants to modernize and restructure his country. Can he achieve this and still maintain cohesion within the royal family?
The new leadership in Saudi Arabia has presented a plan for further modernizing the Kingdom and weaning it off oil revenues. How successful they are will be determined by a host of structural, political and cultural factors.
The tensions in Saudi Arabia are more political than religious. Keeping this in mind, as well as paying attention to the lessons of history, could lead to the recognition that the Kingdom’s neighbors might be better viewed as competitors than enemies.