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After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies By Christopher Davidson,

  • Title: After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies
  • Author: Christopher Davidson
  • ISBN: 9781849041898
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 socThe 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.
    After the Sheikhs The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies 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 reg

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    1. Obviously, the title is a bit of a marketing gimmick, but don t let that put you off Davidson puts forth a very strong case that tough times lie ahead for the regions 6 Gulf Monarchies His argument is sprawling in detail, the breadth and scope of the book is impressive, which means it serves as an excellent introduction to the history and politics of the region for those who are unacquainted Over 300 pages he helps provide us with a clearer understanding as to why, despite all expectations, the [...]

    2. This book is very interesting and well structured account of the various structural problems that face the Gulf monarchies However, the tendency to discuss each monarchy in turn does become a little wearing after a while.The main problem I had with this book is that Davidson does not really address the central point He claims that the Gulf monarchies will not survive in their present form beyond the very near future This is a bold claim to make, particularly as the demise of some has been predic [...]

    3. I was very skeptical about the thesis of this book at the outset, and while I m still not entirely convinced that the Gulf monarchies are about to collapse I m still impressed at the strength of the case contained here The amount of research this short book contains is incredible, of most interest was exactly how these powers have been using their financial resources to entrench themselves all over the world Buying up infrastructure and landmarks in Western cities, spending on development aid al [...]

    4. I just finished reading this book, with the current turmoil in MENA, I think a new revised version will be out soon The book is very informative and well researched with facts I suppose if your not familiar with the historical or political aware of the regions news, you may find at times the author switches from one country to another and I am sure it can be a little daunting, however, if you have lived in those countries and have some experience living amongst them it should not be a problem Th [...]

    5. Undoubtedly the history of the Middle East is being witnessed seen, heard, and written of as we speak The pages of telling facts are unfolding at a pace that no one can predict or keep up with One thing for sure is NO region within it is immune The Gulf states in particular will be witnessing a change nothing short of miraculous Having said this, it will be a transformation of dizzying epic proportions to say the least The competing forces are just as adamant to claim their place under the sun t [...]

    6. A good read with some interesting revelations about the various countries entities in the GCC and their rulers.It s actually refreshing to see some legitimate criticism by someone who has actually reearched the background, and lived in the area, rather than the plush jounalistic exposes comments you may see in the popular press.Easy to find fault with the writing style as it is not a novel, so beware for some academic styled writings.The title may be a little over the top , as any predictions of [...]

    7. A great general overview of the recent history of the Gulf monarchies from independence to today and the events that are shaping their continued existence both external and internal and the things that will begin to shake them apart I thought it would be dry and dull to read but moves at a particularly quick pace if you have even a little interest though because of the need to talk about several countries in tandem, it is hard to keep up at times Pay special attention when reading any passages a [...]

    8. An excellent book that looks at the challenges ahead for the Gulf Monarchies as their oil runs outor as the case may be,the price of oil keeps dropping Buying social cohesion through the sharing of oil revenues is coming less and less affordable Political and social instability will, and is the result If you really want to know where the future danger zones inthe Middle East will be, this book provides a great insight.

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