Change in Saudi Arabia under the new crown prince is controversial. There are winners and losers. On the whole, however, it is a net positive. The relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States is very solid, particularly on the key issue of Iran. Domestically, the crown prince is putting forward a lot of new economic initiatives. Some of these may work. Others will not work. But, at a minimum, the crown prince has introduced a new energy that has broken the stagnation that defined Saudi Arabia for so many years.

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