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What happened in Saudi Arabia?

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

What happened in Saudi Arabia?.

The detentions of at least 11 members of the Saudi ruling family and dozens of others — framed as part of a sweeping crackdown on corruption — represent the latest in a series of bold moves by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has centralized authority to a degree unprecedented in recent Saudi history, but risk weakening the checks and balances that for decades have characterized royal family rule in the kingdom, writes fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen for Politico: