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 likely 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 tested outstanding resilience. Obituaries for those conventional monarchies have usually been penned, yet even now those absolutist, virtually medieval, entities nonetheless seem to pose a similar conundrum as sooner than: 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 heart East s in simple terms genuine bastions of balance. during this e-book, notwithstanding, famous Gulf professional 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 routine in North Africa, Syria, and Yemen will undeniably function vital, if oblique, catalysts for the arrival upheaval, the various related 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 an issue of if but if the West s steadfast allies fall. this can be a daring declare to make yet Davidson, who effectively forecast the commercial turmoil that stricken Dubai in 2009, has an enviable checklist in diagnosing social and political alterations afoot within the sector.
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After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies by Christopher M. Davidson