Saudi Arabia: Historic Changes, Old Challenges

The rapid ascension to power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is unprecedented in the modern history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Through a series well-coordinated and determined moves Crown Prince Mohammed (better known as MbS) has isolated his rivals one by one, ensuring that there is no one left in the Al-Saud family to challenge his authority. Princes with decades of experience, and respect both domestically and internationally have found themselves simply swept aside by the ambition of the 32 year old Crown Prince. At the same time MbS has been in a hurry to use his new found powers to instigate radical social reforms alongside a wide-ranging set of measures to reform the country’s stagnating economy in a project he has termed Vision 2030.