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No calm waters in the Middle East

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While we’ve been desperately trying to keep up with the breaking news as it rolls in almost every hour, we woke up on June 21 to see that Saudi King Salman bin Abdel Aziz had deposed his nephew, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, in favor of his son Mohammed bin Salman.

Amid all the recent developments, I got the chance to talk to Joseph Bahout, a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment’s Middle East Program who foresaw the advent of a power shift in Saudi Arabia in an article one month ago. I asked him how to read King Salman’s choice to upend the succession and what kind of ramifications Mohammed bin Salman’s anointment as heir to the throne might have in terms of Saudi foreign policy.

“The move was expected, but not now and not so abruptly,” said Bahout.

“On April 22, a large number of royal decrees were promulgated by Saudi King Salman bin Abdel Aziz. These decrees comprised the re-establishment of financial allowances for members of the civil service and........

© Hürriyet Daily News