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Brute force and hollow reforms in Saudi Arabia

Al-Rasheed, Madawi (2020) Brute force and hollow reforms in Saudi Arabia. Current History, 119 (821). 331 - 337. ISSN 0011-3530

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Identification Number: 10.1525/curh.2020.119.821.331


The rapid ascent of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the past several years has shaken Saudi Arabia. Delegated unusual authority by his aged father, King Salman, the crown prince has promised bold steps to modernize the economy and loosen social restrictions on youth and women. Yet his actions on these fronts have been overshadowed by his ruthless moves to intimidate rivals to the throne and silence dissidents at home and abroad. Mohammed’s aggressive foreign policies have also caused many to question his judgment. Now the COVID-19 pandemic and a fall in the oil market have added to the kingdom’s discontents.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Regents of the University of California
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2021 11:18
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:33

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