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 by way of hugely autocratic and possible anachronistic regimes. but regardless of bloody conflicts on their doorsteps, fast-growing populations, and robust modernising and globalising forces impacting on their mostly conservative societies, they've got confirmed outstanding resilience. Obituaries for those conventional monarchies have often been penned, yet even now those absolutist, virtually medieval, entities nonetheless seem to pose an identical 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 appears steadfast Gulf monarchies have, at the start look, re-affirmed their prestige because the heart East s merely genuine bastions of balance. during this e-book, despite the fact that, famous Gulf professional Christopher Davidson contends that the cave in of those kings, emirs, and sultans goes to take place, and used to be continuously going to. whereas the innovative events in North Africa, Syria, and Yemen will undeniably function very important, if oblique, catalysts for the arriving upheaval, the various similar socio-economic pressures that have been increase within the Arab republics at the moment are additionally a great deal found in the Gulf monarchies. it truly is now 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 effectively forecast the industrial turmoil that stricken Dubai in 2009, has an enviable list in diagnosing social and political alterations afoot within the area.
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After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies by Christopher M. Davidson