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What the heck is going on in Saudi Arabia?

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RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - APRIL 19: U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) departs after meeting with Saudi ArabiaÕs Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman (R) at the Ministry of Defense on April 19, 2017 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst - Pool/Getty Images)

You may have heard that Saudi Arabia has in the midst of upheaval that threatens to destabilize the Middle East. Making sense of what is happening right now can be a challenge, even for seasoned foreign policy observers. What is the cause of all this unrest? What is likely to happen when all the dust settles? What will the upheaval mean for the United States' interests?

Here's a basic primer for what's going on across the world.

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