The Arab Gulf States: Balancing Regional Security and Domestic Political Changes

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This essay discusses two recent books about the Arab Gulf states that focus on regional security and domestic political change, respectively. The books are evaluated in light of the 2011 Arab uprisings, with an eye toward raising several new questions for future research: Regarding the Gulf’s regional security, have the 2011 uprisings changed attitudes among the Arab Gulf states’ ruling elites concerning the possibility of moving away from separate U.S. security guarantees toward a more self-reliant collective security mechanism? Regarding domestic political change, how have the 2011 uprisings reshaped popular and elite attitudes about popular participation? These two volumes are valuable resources for any future research related to these issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-56
Number of pages14
JournalBustan: the Middle East Book Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


  • Political change
  • Regional security
  • Regime security
  • Gulf
  • Neopatrimonialism
  • Tribalism
  • Civil society
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Iran
  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • The UAE


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