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Yes, the Gulf monarchs are in trouble

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by Christopher Davidson
ECIA Fellow
on Foreign Policy - 13 Nov 2012

At first glance the Gulf monarchies look stable, at least compared to the broader region. In reality, however, the political and economic structures that underpin these highly autocratic states are coming under increasing pressure, and broad swathes of citizens are making hitherto unimaginable challenges to the ruling elites.