Oman Must Manage Risks to Ensure Post-Qaboos Stability

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos at Bait al-Baraka in Muscat, Oman, May 21, 2013 (AP Photo/Jim Young, Pool).
Oman’s Sultan Qaboos at Bait al-Baraka in Muscat, Oman, May 21, 2013 (AP Photo/Jim Young, Pool).
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Last month, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos addressed his nation via a video message from Germany, where he is allegedly receiving treatment for colon cancer. The 76-year-old monarch was going to miss Oman’s national day celebrations on Nov. 18, which is also his birthday, and he wanted to ease the uncertainty at home that has developed as a result of his five-month absence. Qaboos’ ailing health has, however, created a flurry of media coverage on the future of Oman and the leadership transition, while raising important questions about the risks it poses to Oman’s decades-old stability. The sultanate, a high-income and ethnically […]

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