Washington Post columbist David Ignatius, writing from Riyadh:
Thirty new members of an appointive advisory council aren’t going to rescue the monarchy. But the Shura appointments suggest that Abdullah, who at 88 may have limited time left on the throne, wants to set in motion a framework for transition to a more modern nation. Another recent move was Abdullah’s selection of 53-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the former Saudi head of counterterrorism, as minister of the interior — making him the first member of his generation in a top leadership position.
The wheels of change move slowly in the kingdom. They do seem to be turning, but is it fast enough?