Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring Uprisings

  • 1501 International Affairs Building, Columbia University

Presentation by Bernard Haykel (Princeton University) 
 

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Saudi Arabia's leaders have claimed that their regime is immune to the revolutionary changes associated with the Arab Spring uprisings. The Saudis have been quite actively engaged with these events and in complicated ways, domestically as well as regionally. They have encouraged some of the uprisings and attempted to clamp down on others. Haykel will explore Saudi Arabia's policies in response to the Arab Spring, which include enforcing religious sanctions against public demonstrations within the Kingdom, increasing various domestic subsidies in an effort to co-opt potential dissent, stabilizing the monarchy in Bahrain and stewarding a new government into power in Yemen. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion (CDTR), the Middle East Institute and RCPL.