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With a generation of aging rulers likely to soon exit the stage, attention has increasingly turned to succession scenarios in a host of authoritarian states. In Egypt, the fall of Hosni Mubarak has put an end to speculation about a dynastic succession, leaving a crowded field of potential replacements. In Saudi Arabia, the royal succession seems secure, but could become a lightning rod should calls for domestic political reforms be ignored. Meanwhile, despite rumors to the contrary, North Korea's dynastic succession is proceeding as planned.