June 3, 2015

In the Shadow of Qaboos: Contemplating Leadership Change in Oman

by Gary A. Grappo

Concerns are growing about the health of Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Apprehension has spawned all matter of speculation about him, his continued reign in Oman, the mysterious succession process, and the future of this country of just over 4 million people on the far end of the Arabian Peninsula.

There is probably too much conjecture and outright guesswork about the Omani succession process and not enough about the genuine challenges that the sultanate and its people must face with Qaboos – however long he continues to govern – and ultimately under his successor.