IJSSH 2013 Vol.3(5): 457-460 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2013.V3.282

The Saudi King: Power and Limitation in the Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy Making

Fahad M. Alsultan
Abstract—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.

Index Terms—Decision making, foreign policy, monarchy, royal family, Saudi Arabia.

F. M. Alsultan is with Qassim University, Qassim Provence, Buraydah City, Saudi Arabia (e-mail: dr.fahadalsultan@yahoo.com).

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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.

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