Media roundup: Global outlets react to Mohammed bin Salman as Saudi Crown Prince

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As soon as Prince Mohammed bin Salman was appointed Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince on Thursday, global media outlets were quick to break the news and publish in-depth articles and opinions on what his position might mean for both the Middle East and western world.

From American USA Today to Britain’s The Guardian, media outlets spoke on what impact Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will play on both the political and economic fronts.

The Wall Street Journal ran with a headline of “The Saudi shake-up has one goal: drag the country into modern era” while USA Today’s Oren Dorell wrote a piece analyzing “Why the US cares about Saudi Arabia's newly named crown prince”.

USA Today:


The appointment of the new crown prince could have a strong impact on Saudi policy in several key areas that matter to the United States.

Oren Dorell, USA Today

Washington Post:

Washington Post
Washington Post

[Mohammed bin Salman]’s impact has been widely felt in Saudi Arabia and across the region. He is seen as a modernizer of his hidebound kingdom and a champion of its frustrated youth.

Sudarsan Raghavan & Kareem Fahim, The Washington Post

Wall Street Journal:

Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

The elevation of Mohammed bin Salman is a bet he can pull off a radical financial and economic transformation.

Summer Said, Justin Scheck & Michael Amon, Wall Street Journal

Daily Mail:

[Mohammed bin] Salman, nicknamed ‘Mr Everything’, is seen as a symbol of hope for the country's youth - important in a nation where half the population is under 25.

Chris Pleasance, Daily Mail



Mohammed bin Salman’s appointment may make Saudi policy more hawkish against long-time enemy Iran.

Stephen Kalin & William Maclean, Reuters

The Guardian:

The guardian
The guardian

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ‘new and ambitious face’ of the Saudi kingdom.

Martin Chulov, The Guardian
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