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Saudi Arabia: local and regional challenges

Al-Rasheed, Madawi (2013) Saudi Arabia: local and regional challenges. Contemporary Arab Affairs, 6 (1). pp. 28-40. ISSN 1755-0912

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17550912.2012.753797

Abstract

The Arab uprisings posed serious challenges to Saudi Arabia at the level of society and leadership. Activists engaged in intense debates, and both real and virtual protest, to which the leadership responded by fighting for security and survival. The uprisings added to the regime's internal succession burdens as Islamists in other Arab countries won seats in elected parliaments. The regime responded by deploying tight security measures at home and adopting three strategies to contain the outcome of the Arab uprisings: containment, counter-revolution and revolution. This article examines the intersections between the local and regional challenges facing Saudi Arabia at a critical historical moment. It demonstrates that Arab revolutions and the empowerment of Islamists in neighbouring Arab countries contribute to Saudi Arabia's losing its unique Islamic credentials. The regime is eager to contain the uprisings in such a way as to remain the sole Islamic model in the region.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/
Additional Information: © 2013 Routledge
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 09:25
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 10:25
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57787

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