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Saudi Arabia and the Challenge of GCC Expansion

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ECIA Briefing - 14 May 2011

by Andrea Teti
ECIA Senior Fellow

After the crackdown in Bahrain and massive handouts to buy off support in Saudi Arabia, the GCC’s expansion to include Jordan and Morocco is a step change in Saudi Arabia’s attempt to crush pro-democracy movements across the region, not least by raising the cost of already shaky Western support for these movements.