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Identity politics, elites and omnibalancing: reassessing Arab Gulf state interventions in the uprisings

Watkins, Jessica (2021) Identity politics, elites and omnibalancing: reassessing Arab Gulf state interventions in the uprisings. Conflict Research Programme Blog (26 Feb 2021). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

This blog summarises some of the key ideas in a recently published article featured in the Conflict Research Programme’s Special Edition in the journal of Conflict, Security and Development: Identity Politics and Political Marketplaces. Focusing on the foreign policies of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar – in relation to the Arab Uprisings between 2011 and 2017 – the article points out their un-institutionalised nature and challenges the ‘geo-sectarian’ narrative often used to account for them. It argues that identity politics were indeed a central component of regime manoeuvring in this period, but that rulers were at least as concerned with suppressing or co-opting politically assertive forms of Sunni Islamism in the domestic sphere as they were with countering the supposedly geopolitical sectarian threat from Iran.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/crp/
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2021 13:06
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2021 23:28
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/109072

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