On Tuesday 22 September, Middle East Eye broke the story of a senior member of the Saudi royal family calling for a ‘change’ in leadership to fend off the kingdom’s collapse.
In a letter circulated among Saudi princes, its author, a grandson of the late King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, blamed incumbent King Salman for creating unprecedented problems that endangered the monarchy’s continued survival.
‘We will not be able to stop the draining of money, the political adolescence, and the military risks unless we change the methods of decision making, even if that implied changing the king himself,’ warned the letter.
Whether or not an internal royal coup is round the corner – and informed observers think such a prospect ‘fanciful’ – the letter’s analysis of Saudi Arabia’s dire predicament is startlingly accurate.
Like many countries in the region before it, Saudi Arabia is on the brink of a perfect storm of interconnected challenges that, if history is anything to judge by, will be the monarchy’s undoing well within the next decade.
This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on September 29, 2015.