Prince Bandar's World The Man Behind the Scenes in Saudi Arabia

He has negotiated weapons deals and instigated armed conflicts: Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan is one of the most influential men behind the scenes in global politics. His job is to increase the kingdom's influence in the world.
Prince Bandar bin Sultan (right) during a meeting with then-U.S. President George W. Bush in 2002

Prince Bandar bin Sultan (right) during a meeting with then-U.S. President George W. Bush in 2002

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A Saudi F-15 fighter lands at the Khamis Mushayt military airbase, some 880 kilometers from the capital Riyadh, as the Saudi army conducts operations over Yemen.

A Saudi F-15 fighter lands at the Khamis Mushayt military airbase, some 880 kilometers from the capital Riyadh, as the Saudi army conducts operations over Yemen.

Foto: FAYEZ NURELDINE/ AFP
This article has been excerpted from Susanne Koelbl's newly released DER SPIEGEL book "12 Weeks in Riyadh: Between a Dictatorship and a New Beginning," which has been published by DVA. 
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