Arab Monarchies: Chance for Reform, Yet Unmet

Dec. 19, 2011, 9:09 p.m.

The Carnegie Endowment published a paper reviewing the response of the Arab monarchs to the Arab Spring. The report specifically considers  Morocco, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirate, Bahrain and Kuwait. Each country faced a different level of protests--Bahrain experienced large, vocal street protests; the United Arab Emirates only experienced some criticism by bloggers. The report suggests that unlike republican regimes in the region, Arab Monarchs still hold a high level of legitimacy. If governments fail to respond adequately to the protests, this legitimacy could be lost.

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