After Khashoggi affair, Washington seeks to lay down law
Riyadh's commercial partners are hoping to seize on the Khashoggi affair to obtain concessions from the weakened kingdom. [...]
The deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia is the youngest defence minister in the world in a country where old age is the norm at the top. Surrounded by a younger guard, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud has launched a number of reforms since his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz came to power, articulated around the Vision 2030 programme. His influence on the regime’s apparatus is growing, which has caused a certain amount of jealousy on the part of his rivals, most notably the crown prince and interior minister Mohammed Bin Nayef.
As the accusations of corruption and supporting terrorism continue to fly, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are fast overtaking Russian oligarchs as the main clients of international private investigation firms. [...]
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is looking to take back the initiative in a number of conflicts of influence that he himself started with Qatar, Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and other parties. Four key figures are leading the Saudi official's offensive. [...]