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Stephen Barry

Strategies of Reform: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Since their inception, the Gulf monarchies have cultivated their oil wealth as a means of geopolitical power. They have leveraged this power for their own development, while insulating themselves from the destabilizing elements that have wreaked havoc on the rest of the Middle East. Distribution of oil wealth is at the core of the social contract in which…

Strategies of Reform: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Since their inception, the Gulf monarchies have cultivated their oil wealth as a means of geopolitical power. They have leveraged this power for their own development, while insulating themselves from the destabilizing elements that have wreaked havoc on the rest of the Middle East. Distribution of oil wealth is at the core of the social contract in which…