Saudi Arabia’s King Salman announced a major cabinet reshuffle on 27 December in which a number of critical appointments were made. The reshuffle comes almost four years since King Salman’s original government shakeup in the first months of his reign (MEES, 1 May 2015). It appears to have been intended to bring additional experience into government to help advise Crown Prince Muhammad.

The headline announcement was that Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was sacked and replaced by...