So far, there has been no indication that Saudi Arabia intends to follow a different foreign policy, either partially or completely. Saudi policy is usually set in stone, however the world around the kindom has changed a lot. Therefore it’s not necessary for the state’s policy to remain unchanged, especially considering the presence of a new leadership. The king in fact has the final decision. I think – given our accumilated knowledge – Saudi foreign policy is unlikely to witness dramatic changes regarding major issues. This is due to the nature of the decision making process within the state and more importantly because major issues are linked to the country’s higher interests. Saudi Arabia is nothing at all like totalitarian regimes of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya or Saddam Hussein in Iraq or Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen or other similar rulers who make decisions as per their personal desires.
After assuming power, King Salman bin Abdulaziz has become the final decision maker regarding foreign affairsAbdulrahman al-Rashed