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Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Middle East, of great strategic importance as a bridge between Europe, Africa and Asia. Its influence also hinges on two other key factors: its wealth and its religion. This book considers the history of Saudi Arabia and its rulers and discusses what makes the country unique. It looks at how the present government is structured and at the role of the royal family, and asks what the key challenges are for Saudi Arabia today, both nationally and internationally.

Who’s in Charge? Systems of Power