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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 by way of 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 validated impressive resilience. Obituaries for those conventional monarchies have often been penned, yet even now those absolutist, nearly medieval, entities nonetheless seem to pose a similar conundrum as ahead of: 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, at the start look, re-affirmed their prestige because the heart East s purely actual bastions of balance. during this e-book, besides the fact that, famous Gulf professional Christopher Davidson contends that the cave in of those kings, emirs, and sultans goes to take place, and was once continually going to. whereas the innovative activities 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 increase within the Arab republics are actually 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. it is a daring declare to make yet Davidson, who adequately forecast the commercial turmoil that troubled Dubai in 2009, has an enviable list in diagnosing social and political alterations afoot within the region.

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