The Rise of Mohammad bin Salman and the Dynamism in Saudi Foreign Policy


It is obvious that Mohammad bin Salman's Saudi Arabia will continue to become an active and interventionist regional player with strong support from international actors. The country will also continue to employ hard power capabilities in partnership with its regional allies such as the UAE, Egypt and Israel.

For many years, Saudi Arabia has followed a passive foreign policy under the security umbrella of the United States. The Arab revolutions, however, changed this traditional foreign policy attitude of the Saudi regime. This situation became more visible especially after Selman bin Abdelaziz's rise to power in 2015. The latest sign of this transformation is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's (MbS) month-long tour to Egypt, the U.K., U.S., and France.


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