Why did Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates begin the boycott of Qatar that has roiled regional politics for the past two months? Many recent studies of Middle East foreign policy subscribe to the idea that such decisions can best be explained by the preservation of regime security. However, recent events show how this decision-making may be more specifically about succession security.
Regional foreign policy is not just about preserving the survival of a particular monarchical regime but ensuring the leadership of a particular set of individuals within the ruling family.
A shake-up in the Saudi line of succession
Succession security has recently come to the fore because of the rapid ascent of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.… Seguir leyendo »