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Effat University Graduates Challenged to Shape Kingdom’s Future – Coleman
06/21/2012

Effat University Graduates Challenged to Shape Kingdom’s Future – Coleman

“..The pace of change has quickened in Saudi Arabia too. In 1991, it was still relatively unusual for Saudi women to attend university. Today, as you well know, women are now the majority of college graduates in the Kingdom, a remarkable development with significant implications for your country’s future. And what you’re studying has shifted. When I first visited Effat College seven years ago, it was just beginning to add more business and technical degrees to its traditional curriculum. That move was resisted by some, but now Effat University graduates are proudly pushing forward in areas like engineering and computer science..”

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Named Crown Prince
06/18/2012

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Named Crown Prince

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was named as Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia today and he will retain role as Defense Minister according to a Royal Court announcement this morning. His elevation comes two days after the passing of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, who served as heir apparent since the death of Crown Prince Sultan last October. This posting provides an updated short biography, courtesy of the Saudi Embassy Washington web site as well as more details in an article last November following his transition from long-serving Governor of the Riyadh region to the Minister of Defense. Additional material in links will give you more background and context for understanding Crown Prince Salman’s role as a leading figure in the Saudi royal family and now, as the heir apparent to the throne.

Transition in the Kingdom: A Conversation with Dr. Theodore Karasik
06/18/2012

Transition in the Kingdom: A Conversation with Dr. Theodore Karasik

We are now at the crossroads that many Saudi watchers were waiting for. Will there be a jump from the first generation of al-Saud princes — the sons of King Abdulaziz — to the second generation princes? It appears that the first generation may be running out of qualified candidates to be King. Either there is the case of not having the correct lineage or positioning, or not enough experience in key sectors of the state. Age is also becoming an issue so Saudi watchers are looking at the second generation.

Transition in the Kingdom: A Conversation with Thomas Lippman
06/18/2012

Transition in the Kingdom: A Conversation with Thomas Lippman

Nayef’s passing probably will make little short-term difference. Whether Salman is designated heir apparent or another, less known, son of Abdul Aziz, the basic outlines of the kingdom’s economic and strategic policies are unlikely to change much. As long as Abdullah remains on the throne, internal policies such as the gradual expansion of jobs open to women, are also unlikely to change. The real significance is that this event shortens the inevitable transition to the next generation, which could be more difficult.

Transition in the Kingdom: A Conversation with F. Gregory Gause
06/18/2012

Transition in the Kingdom: A Conversation with F. Gregory Gause

This does not appear to be a particularly difficult transition, from the perspective of an outsider like me. Prince Salman was given the Defense Ministry, after his long career as governor of Riyadh, to some extent to give him cabinet and security responsibilities as a precursor to his move into the line of succession. It seems to me that the more open question is who becomes Minister of the Interior, one of the most important ministries, to succeed Prince Nayif.

BREAKING NEWS: Crown Prince and Interior Minister Named
06/18/2012

BREAKING NEWS: Crown Prince and Interior Minister Named

“..the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has chosen Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the current Minister of Defense, as Crown Prince and appointed him Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense..” “..the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has appointed Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the current Deputy Minister of Interior, as Minister of Interior..”

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