How Saudi King Abdullah’s Death Impacts U.S. Policy

ENERO 23 2015 On January 23, 2015. Professor Raymond Tanter was WSJ TV. Discussing about the death of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah raises concerns about stability in the region, namely Iran, Yemen and Syria.

Accession to power of Saudi King Salman with the death of his brother, Abdullah, raises the question of whether there might be a change in Saudi policy. Expect more religious conservative approach at home and less muscular risk-taking during the transition. And if Salman’s reign is short, e.g., because he has dementia, domestic infighting may rise and paralyze foreign policy decisionmaking. 

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