Oman After Qaboos: A National and Regional Void

Author
Simon Henderson
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Abstract
The ailing Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said, now seventy-nine years old, has no children and no announced successor, with only an ambiguous mechanism in place for the family council to choose one. This study considers the most likely candidates to succeed the sultan, Oman’s domestic economic challenges, and whether the country’s neutral foreign policy can survive Qaboos’s passing.
Topic
Foreign Policy, Economics, Domestic politics, Succession
Political Geography
Middle East, Oman, Gulf Nations