Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

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See also Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen

Jan. 23: Ninety-year-old King 'Abdullah died from old age and ill health. Crown Prince Salman, a member of the Sudayri Seven, the inner circle of the country's royal elite, succeeded him. It was widely believed that Salman's succession would not entail any radical departures from the country's stance on political and social reforms, foreign policy, or oil production. As one of his first actions, the new king appointed his nephew, Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Nayif, as deputy crown prince, signaling a future generational shift in the kingdom's order of succession. [NYT, 1/22, Reuters, 1/23]

Jan. 29: King Salman issued a number of royal decrees, signifying a major government reshuffle, while also promising to pay two months additional salary to all state employees and retired government workers. The important ministries of oil, foreign and domestic affairs, defense, and finance were kept intact, signaling a commitment to stability and the status quo, while replacing the head of intelligence and firing two sons of the late King 'Abdullah, Prince Turki and Prince Mish'al as governors of Riyadh and Mecca. Analysts interpreted the decrees as a move aiming to cement the new king's position while at the same time pleasing both the country's modernizing and traditionalist factions, both of which Salman had maintained strong ties with. [NYT, 1/30, Reuters, 2/3]

Mar. 8: The Kingdom outpaced India to become the world's top defense importer in 2014. …

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