Saudi Arabia in the Balance: Political Economy, Society, Foreign Affairs

Saudi Arabia in the Balance: Political Economy, Society, Foreign Affairs

by Paul Aarts, Gerd Nonneman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814707173

ISBN-13: 9780814707173

Pub. Date: 03/01/2006

Publisher: New York University Press

Saudi Arabia in the Balance brings together today’s leading scholars in the field to investigate the domestic, regional, and international affairs of a Kingdom whose policies have so far eluded the outside world. With the passing of King Fahd and the installation of King Abdullah, a contemporary understanding of Saudi Arabia is essential as the Kingdom

Overview

Saudi Arabia in the Balance brings together today’s leading scholars in the field to investigate the domestic, regional, and international affairs of a Kingdom whose policies have so far eluded the outside world. With the passing of King Fahd and the installation of King Abdullah, a contemporary understanding of Saudi Arabia is essential as the Kingdom enters a new era of leadership and particularly when many Saudis themselves are increasingly debating, and actively shaping, the future direction of domestic and foreign affairs.

Each of the essays, framed in the aftermath of 9/11 and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, offers a systematic perspective into the country’s political and economic realities as well as the tension between its regional and global roles. Important topics covered include U.S. and Saudi relations; Saudi oil policy; the Islamist threat to the monarchy regime; educational opportunities; the domestic rise of liberal opposition; economic reform; the role of the royal family; and the country's foreign relations in a changing international world.

Contributors: Paul Aarts, Madawi Al-Rasheed, Rachel Bronson, Iris Glosemeyer, Steffen Hertog, Yossi Kostiner, Stéphane Lacroix, Giacomo Luciani, Monica Malik, Roel Meijer, Tim Niblock, Gerd Nonneman, Michaela Prokop, Abdulaziz Sager, Guido Steinberg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814707173
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 8.50(d)

Table of Contents


The Editors
The Contributors
Transliteration
Introduction
Paul Aarts and Gerd Nonneman
Part I. IDEOLOGY AND CHANGE
The Wahhabi Ulama and the Saudi State
Islamo-Liberal Politics in Saudi Arabia
Stéphane Lacroix
The War of Ideas
Michaela Prokop
Part II. POLITICAL ECONOMY
Saudi Arabia’s Economy
Monica Malik and Tim Niblock
Segmented Clientelism: The Political Economy of Saudi Economic Reform Efforts Steffen Hertog
From Private Sector to National Bourgeoisie
Part III. REGIME AND OPPOSITION
Circles of Power: Royals and Society in Saudi Arabia
Madawi Al-Rasheed
Checks, Balances and Transformation in the Saudi Political System
Iris Glosemeyer
Political Opposition in Saudi Arabia
Abdulaziz Sager
The ‘Cycle of Contention’ and the Limits of Terrorism in Saudi Arabia Roel Meijer
Part IV. EXTERNAL RELATIONS
Determinants and Patterns of Saudi Foreign Policy
Coping with Regional Challenges
Prince Abdullah’s Peace Initiative
Joseph Kostiner
Understanding US-Saudi Relations
Rachel Bronson
Events versus Trends: The Role of Energy and Security in Sustaining the US-Saudi Relationship
Paul Aarts
CONCLUSIONS AND OUTLOOK
A Triple Nexus: Ideology, Economy, Foreign Policy and the Outlook for the Saudi Polity
Paul Aarts and Gerd Nonneman
Index

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