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How far will Saudi Arabia go to make sure that Bin Salman survives?

A Saudi campaign to save Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has been gaining momentum since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on 2 October. With each passing day, the likelihood that he will survive the biggest crisis to hit the Kingdom since the 9/11 terrorist attacks — 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals — grows significantly.

Like its Gulf neighbours, Saudi Arabia has developed a reputation for being resilient. It’s a perception that was reinforced by the way in which the oil and gas rich states staved off popular uprisings during the 2011 Arab Spring.

With their very own playbook of regime survival, the Gulf States have become masters at securing political acquiescence with their money. An unspoken bargain guarantees their continued existence, the main pillar of which rests on state largesse from the sale of hydrocarbon products. As one of the largest oil producers in the world, Saudi Arabia has used this to great effect. In 2011, the late King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud launched a $150 billion social welfare spending programme, which many believe was an attempt to stave off an uprising similar to that which was rocking neighbouring Arab states at the time.