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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 mostly conservative societies, they've got validated striking resilience. Obituaries for those conventional monarchies have often been penned, yet even now those absolutist, virtually medieval, entities nonetheless seem to pose an analogous conundrum as earlier than: 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, before everything look, re-affirmed their prestige because the heart East s basically actual bastions of balance. during this ebook, despite the fact that, famous Gulf professional Christopher Davidson contends that the cave in of those kings, emirs, and sultans goes to ensue, and used to be continuously going to. whereas the innovative pursuits in North Africa, Syria, and Yemen will undeniably function vital, if oblique, catalysts for the arriving upheaval, a number of the similar socio-economic pressures that have been build up within the Arab republics at the moment are additionally a great deal found in the Gulf monarchies. it's 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 safely forecast the commercial turmoil that troubled Dubai in 2009, has an enviable list in diagnosing social and political adjustments afoot within the area.

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