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The Saudi Crown Prince Is Gambling Everything on Three Major Experiments

A perceived failure on any of these undertakings could produce a crisis of legitimacy

Call it shock and awe.
Call it a purge.
Call it a clean sweep.MbS 1a Reuters LLLLHowever it’s characterized, the mass arrest of some of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent royals, administrators, and tycoons last weekend has completely upended both the structure of the Saudi elite and the country’s way of doing business.It’s not exactly the Night of the Long Knives, as the luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel in which the detainees are being held is hardly a nightmarish gulag.But it is the latest installment in an astonishingly rapid series of…

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