GRM 2010 GRM 2011

Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Alhussein
 
First Name:
Eman
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
Crackdown, Protect, or Stabilize? Saudi Arabia's Reaction(s) to the Arab "Spring" in Neighbouring Bahrain and Yemen
 
Paper Proposal Text :
Saudi Arabia's regional power in the Arabian Peninsula triggered the kingdom to engage in two uprisings in neighbouring countries, actively in Bahrain and passively in Yemen. Saudi Arabia's reaction to the Arab "Spring" has been criticized by protestors in Yemen as a form of Saudi "wisaya" (trusteeship) that hinders regime change. While Bahraini opposition expressed their dismay after Saudi Arabia deployed the Peninsula Shield Force to their country and called it a practice of "intervention". Evaluating Saudi Arabia's regional manoeuvres in Bahrain and Yemen and the impact of the uprisings on the kingdom domestically and regionally is essential to comprehend the security challenges posed by the Arab "Spring" in the region and the motives behind the kingdom's actions. Has the kingdom's attempt to crackdown on protests vital to protect the economy and stabilize the region's peace and security? Or is it simply a crucial effort to maintain its status quo by buffering the spread of the Arab "Spring"?
 
 
 

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