Latest Issue

After Fahd

King Fahd's death is likely to spark a battle within the al-Saud dynasty over both the succession and the future of Saudi Arabia. And the stakes are high, for waiting in the wings is the most determined faction of all - the followers of Osama bin Laden

By John R Bradley   September 2005

The first clear sign that an announcement of King Fahd’s death was imminent came with the news in late June that Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a nephew of the late king, was resigning as ambassador to Washington, a post he had held for 22 years. King Fahd’s death was announced a few weeks later, and Crown Prince Abdullah formally took power.

The Washington shift, in other words, was an opening shot in a succession battle that, while in the initial stages seems to have gone smoothly, inevitably pits rival princes from various competing branches of the Saudi ruling family against…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect