After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf by Christopher M. Davidson

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By Christopher M. Davidson

The Gulf monarchies (Saudi Arabia and its 5 smaller neighbours: the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain) have lengthy been ruled through hugely autocratic and doubtless anachronistic regimes. but regardless of bloody conflicts on their doorsteps, fast-growing populations, and strong modernising and globalising forces impacting on their principally conservative societies, they've got confirmed striking resilience. Obituaries for those conventional monarchies have usually been penned, yet even now those absolutist, nearly medieval, entities nonetheless seem to pose a similar conundrum as prior to: within the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring and the autumn of incumbent presidents in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, the it sounds as if steadfast Gulf monarchies have, firstly look, re-affirmed their prestige because the center East s in simple terms actual bastions of balance. during this publication, despite the fact that, famous Gulf specialist Christopher Davidson contends that the cave in of those kings, emirs, and sultans goes to ensue, and used to be continually going to. whereas the progressive pursuits in North Africa, Syria, and Yemen will undeniably function very important, if oblique, catalysts for the arrival upheaval, the various similar socio-economic pressures that have been increase within the Arab republics are actually additionally greatly found in the Gulf monarchies. it truly is now not a question of if but if the West s steadfast allies fall. this can be a daring declare to make yet Davidson, who competently forecast the industrial turmoil that stricken Dubai in 2009, has an enviable checklist in diagnosing social and political alterations afoot within the quarter.

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