Since the birth of modern Saudi Arabia circa 1925, the course of the kingdom’s modernisation has been influenced by succession, consensus and conflict within the House of Saud. Today the kingdom stands at a crossroads without precedent in the royal family’s modern history as King Salman and his surviving brothers apparently seek to combine a leap of succession to the throne down generations with bold modernisation plans and departures in foreign policy. What his the historical backdrop for this dramatic turn in the royal family’s history and where will it lead Saudi Arabia and the Middle East?
Steve Coll (@SteveCollNY) is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century and Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 . He is Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Between 1985 and 2005, Coll was a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor at The Washington Post; and he served as managing editor of the Post between 1998 and 2004.
David Motadel (@DavidMotadel) is Assistant Professor of International History at LSE.
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