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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 means of hugely autocratic and likely 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 proven extraordinary resilience. Obituaries for those conventional monarchies have usually been penned, yet even now those absolutist, virtually medieval, entities nonetheless seem to pose an identical 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, in the beginning look, re-affirmed their prestige because the center East s basically actual bastions of balance. during this booklet, besides the fact that, famous Gulf specialist Christopher Davidson contends that the cave in of those kings, emirs, and sultans goes to occur, and used to be consistently going to. whereas the progressive events in North Africa, Syria, and Yemen will undeniably function vital, if oblique, catalysts for the arrival upheaval, some of the similar socio-economic pressures that have been build up within the Arab republics are actually additionally greatly found in the Gulf monarchies. it's now now not a question of if but if the West s steadfast allies fall. it is a daring declare to make yet Davidson, who correctly forecast the industrial turmoil that stricken Dubai in 2009, has an enviable checklist in diagnosing social and political alterations afoot within the region.

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