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After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies

After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Davidson
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'An unsentimental story of hard-nosed political calculation, conspicuous consumption, opaque budgets and sovereign wealth funds [...] an important account of prospects for the Gulf region.' --- The Guardian

'Mr Davidson is one of the most knowledgeable academics writing about the region. He sets out his scenario of monarchical doom with authoritative and often riveting detail. ... Plainly he is right that each of the monarchs has cause to worry.' --The Economist

'What is the secret of the Gulf monarchies' survival? There are numerous reasons. The support of Western powers, oil wealth and an effective secret police are among them. But in this exceptionally argued book, Christopher Davidson concentrates on the prime reason: the Gulf monarchies enjoy considerable legitimacy from their populations.' --- Ziauddin Sardar, The Independent

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The Gulf monarchies (Saudi Arabia and its five smaller neighbours: the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain) have long been governed by highly autocratic and seemingly anachronistic regimes. Yet despite bloody conflicts on their doorsteps, fast-growing populations, and powerful modernising and globalising forces impacting on their largely conservative societies, they have demonstrated remarkable resilience. Obituaries for these traditional monarchies have frequently been penned, but even now these absolutist, almost medieval, entities still appear to pose the same conundrum as before: in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring and the fall of incumbent presidents in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, the apparently steadfast Gulf monarchies have, at first glance, re-affirmed their status as the Middle East s only real bastions of stability. In this book, however, noted Gulf expert Christopher Davidson contends that the collapse of these kings, emirs, and sultans is going to happen, and was always going to. While the revolutionary movements in North Africa, Syria, and Yemen will undeniably serve as important, if indirect, catalysts for the coming upheaval, many of the same socio-economic pressures that were building up in the Arab republics are now also very much present in the Gulf monarchies. It is now no longer a matter of if but when the West s steadfast allies fall. This is a bold claim to make but Davidson, who accurately forecast the economic turmoil that afflicted Dubai in 2009, has an enviable record in diagnosing social and political changes afoot in the region.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 920 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (1 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199365288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199365289
  • ASIN: B00FC2T070
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful

Dr. Christopher Davidson's new book After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies (Hurst, 2012) is a timely and bold contribution to the growing body of writing on the profound, generational transformations currently underway in the Arab world. These are commonly but quite unhelpfully referred to in the English-speaking media as the `Arab Spring';however, these are generally known as `thawraat l-karaama', `Revolutions of Dignity' or `intifaaDaat l-karaama', `Uprisings of Dignity' by Arab world participants -- the dignity in question being the restoration of basic human dignity in the face of corrupt, bullying, and incompetent regimes. One of the slogans of the Bahrain revolution is `hayhaat minnaa adh-dhilla' `No more humiliation for us!'

Davidson -- Reader in Middle East Politics at the University of Durham -- helped `deconstruct Dubai' ahead of the 2009 bursting of the `Dubai bubble' in his book Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success (2008). In After the Sheikhs he reminds us of the internal and external factors that render the GCC states deeply unsustainable, at least as currently constituted, predicting their fall `within the next three to five years'. He carefully takes apart `exceptionalist' arguments used to explain the survival to-date of the otherwise anachronistic GCC autocracies, forensically opening to view the tensions and contradictions that will lead to the collapse of the region's monarchical dictatorships.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Academic in depth book 15 May 2013
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An accessible, readable book on the Gulf Monarchies. Excellent book on soft power, the Arab uprisings and all related situations to do with this. Clearly explained facts, histories and tribal situations explained. Recommended.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read 7 Dec 2012
Interesting book, I think by the time the current turmoil in the middle east is over, this book will need an update. Insightful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cynical 24 Aug 2014
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As a Dubai resident I found the book interesting and in large part informative. Certainly living in the country you don't readily get the full story around all events. That said, I found it overly cynical and, with reference to Dubai, it never gave any credit to the ruler for having anything other than self interest at heart.That's difficult to accept when observing first hand the results of policy towards residents - Emirati and Expat alike. Most of the cynicism expressed could equally be levelled at democratic states in the west, where elected governments promote themselves in a good light to get elected into power and then do whatever's necessary to stay their, including some pretty unsavoury acts of deceipt driven by self interest. Where in the Middle East you can argue the rulers have to keep the religious establishment on side, I would say this is nothing like as sinister as having to keep press barons or big business onside as pervades western democracies. The other thing one has to consider is that without the monarchy in the UAE, what would Dubai look like and how content would its citizens be? Whatever their motivations, they've built something remarkable within their own distinct culture and managed to benefit people a great deal while constantly modernising and adapting, often walking a fine line culturally. This has been and is difficult, and you'd have to ask why, when they could lock in their wealth and let democracy take over, they'd even bother... My point, it's not all good and perfect, but it works, and certainly for the emiratis. Don't assume there's no genuine altruistic or paternal motivations underlying the social contract. The book reads like many commentaries written by outside observers, all downside. This could have done with some positives included to balance the almost exclusively negative themes.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The book doesn't deliver its title 4 Sep 2013
I'm a Gulf state national. I bought the book, based on its title, expecting to be delivered an image of what the situation would be "After the Sheikhs". What I received was an account of the current social, political and economic situation of the region, concluding that the fall of the sheikh monarchies is inevitable!
Its like reading a book titled "Life after Death" only to read proofs that you will inevitably die!

Even in his description of the socio-economic picture of the area, the author concentrated on how privileged the nationals are as opposed to the expats. I couldn't understand how that was a catalyst for the 'nationals' to revolt?!!

As difficult as it is to remain neutral in political literature, I believe whoever wants to approach such writing and reach respectful results, should do so with a fact-finding, and not proof-finding, attitude.

Maha - A Kuwaiti nationtal.
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