Previously, Shadow Governance Intel released an analytical piece reviewing the methods used by Abu Dhabi's political elite to safeguard themselves against a coup. A similar theory can be applied to understanding their Western neighbour, Saudi Arabia, where recent power plays have been ostensibly aimed at entrenching the current elite's position.

Although their respective attempts at insulation bear similar hallmarks, Saudi Arabia's case takes on a colour of its own in certain respects. Today's analysis builds on our previous 'coup proofing' piece, but with Riyadh under the microscope.