—When reviewing the literature, there is a widely
held assumption that in Saudi Arabia, the monarch rules
unchecked and is the ultimate foreign policy decision-maker.
However, as it argues in this paper, the king is not the sole actor,
because, senior members of the royal family are participating in
directing the Saudi internal and external policies.
—Decision making, foreign policy, monarchy,
royal family, Saudi Arabia.
F. M. Alsultan is with Qassim University, Qassim Provence, Buraydah
City, Saudi Arabia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:Fahad M. Alsultan, "The Saudi King: Power and Limitation in the Saudi
Arabian Foreign Policy Making," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 457-460, 2013.