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Is it always good to be King? Saudi regime resilience after the 2011 Arab popular uprisings

Al-Rasheed, Madawi (2015) Is it always good to be King? Saudi regime resilience after the 2011 Arab popular uprisings. LSE Middle East Centre paper series (12). Middle East Centre, LSE, London, UK.

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Although all Arab monarchies (Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Jordan and Morocco) witnessed varying degrees of mass protest during the Arab uprisings of 2011, none of the kings and princes has thus far been deposed. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia saw pockets of sporadic protest in many cities in the early months of 2011, but those failed to evolve into a mass protest movement across the country. This paper analyses the conditions that helped maintain Saudi stability, attributing it to a combination of domestic and regional factors. This paper highlights how the conditions that led to monarchical resilience over the last five years may result in unexpected upheavals in the future.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Sets: Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Collections > Middle East Centre Paper Series
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2015 12:21
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2021 00:24

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