Fundamentals of Power, Exceptionalism and the Issue of Succession in Saudi Arabia

The foundations of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reside in a far more complex scheme than that suggested by the mere feedback between religion and state. In the construction of that framework play an important role not only the well-known areas of domestic support, but also the external backing provided by the U.S. For this reason, it is logical to wonder about the current state of their bilateral relations, taking into account that there have been frictions of a considerable magnitude. After that, the text addresses the strategy and concrete tools with which the Saudi State has succeeded to contain the tide caused by the Arab uprisings. The analysis concludes with the exploration of trends regarding the succession of the Saudi leadership in the medium/long term.

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J. Comins

J. Comins is an Operations Officer at the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and a political scientist specializing in Diplomacy and International Relations, as well as in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies. So far, he has served at the Spanish Embassies to Cuba and Yemen, at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU, and at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). He is currently studying a Master's Degree in Peace, Security and Defence at the IUGM, while occasionally contributing analysis to the Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies (Ministry of Defence) and the International Security Studies Group (GESI) at the Department of Political Science of the University of Granada.

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