The King and Crown Prince have been surrounding themselves with loyal personnel over the past three years, birthing a new group of decision makers in the process. Today’s analysis takes a look at the most noteworthy of those from among Saudi’s new power players and discusses their importance to the current leadership.

Impact Points

  • Saudi Arabia’s leadership is set to continue its realignment around Mohammed bin Salman during 2018, bolstering his inner circle and further strengthening his position.
  • The Crown Prince’s network extends to the Kingdom’s political, commercial and security spheres. In shoring up his network, new faces have been appointed to old institutions and new bodies created where co-optation has been insufficient.
  • Strategically placed allies allow MbS to retain complete control over Saudi’s affairs and ensure that no portfolio lies out with his immediate grasp.