Succession In Saudi Arabia

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The stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains critical to Western security and economic interests. This crucial study focuses on generation change and identifies individuals with greatest leadership potential; examines their political, social, and religious views, including of the US; and evaluates factors likely to influence the survival of the Sauds as a ruling family. Understanding who are the players and what they are likely to do is ever more important. Supplemented with basic documents on Saudi Arabia, this is a vital resource for business and political analysts.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This is a book that is necessary...Mr. Kechichian is unusually well informed.” —Economist
“The definitive work on the complex and complicated workings of the Saudi Royal Family.” —John Christie, former British diplomat and publisher of Gulf States Newsletter
“A fascinating account that refutes much of the West’s conventional wisdom.” —Robert Looney, Naval Postgraduate School
"A study of royal succession from the time of the legendary Ibn Saud to the present day, this book gauges the strengths and weaknesses of the Saudi state..."—Foreign Affairs
Kechichian (fellow, Near East Studies, U. of California, Los Angeles) draws on years of experience studying Saudi Arabia to write a very detailed account of the Saudi ruling family, its history, and the possible directions its leadership will take in years to come. The study is based on documentary history as well as dozens of interviews with members of the family, a wide array of Saudi officials, and others. The numerous appendices include a chronology of the family, the mainline of succession and cadet branches, detailed family trees, list of the provincial governors, the makeup of the Cabinet as of June 1999, principle religious figures, the basic law of the government, the Majlis al-Shura law and the law of the provinces. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312238803
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/6/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph A. Kechichian is the CEO of Kechichian & Associates, LLC, and a Fellow at the Gustav E. von Grunebaum Center for Near East Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

The Current Generation
• The Next Generation
• Perceptions of Security Concerns
• Direction of Family
• An Assessment of the New Alliances

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