On Wednesday, Saudi King Salman appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, replacing the king's nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East, discussed the ramifications of this shift in the Saudi line of succession in interviews with the media:
- AP: Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as first heir
- AP via The Washington Post: The Latest: Oman’s sultan congratulates Saudi crown prince
- Reuters: The new, young crown prince reshaping Saudi Arabia
- Fox Business: Saudi King Salman ousts nephew as Crown Prince, installs son
- Financial Times (subscription only): Dramatic reshuffle reshapes Saudi Arabia’s leadership
Ulrichsen also authored "Who is Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince?", which appeared in the Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog.