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Betting the House (of Saud): Mohammed bin Salman is a dangerous pick for Saudi Arabian crown prince

He is now next in line to the throne, but over the past couple of years has gained a reputation as a high-stakes risk-taker. What would his reign look like?

By Peter Salisbury  

Photo: Rainer Jensen/DPA/PA Images

Until two and a half years ago, few Middle East watchers knew Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud’s name. Now, after the latest in a series of strokes of his father’s pen, he looks almost certain to be the next king of Saudi Arabia—perhaps within weeks or months—and to play a major role, for better or for worse, in shaping the future of the Middle East.

Bin Salman may be a relative newcomer, but it is already clear what his reign might look like. The…

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