After the Sheikhs

Title:                      After the Sheikhs

Author:                  Christopher M. Davidson

Davidson, Christopher M. (2013). After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies by New York, NY: Oxford University Press

LCCN:    2013014438

JQ1840 .D38 2013


  • “Noted Gulf expert Christopher Davidson contends that the collapse of these kings, emirs, and sultans is going to happen, and was always going to”– Provided by publisher.


  • Machine generated contents note: — Introduction — 1. State Formation and Economic Development — 2. Explaining Survival–Domestic Matters — 3. Explaining Survival–External Matters — 4. Mounting Internal Pressures — 5. Mounting External Pressures — 6. The Coming Collapse — Conclusion — Notes Bibliography.


Date Posted:      March 25, 2016

Reviewed by Joshua Sinai, Ph. D.[1]

According to this important study, the Gulf monarchies (Saudi Arabia and its five smaller neighbors: the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain) are governed by highly authoritarian, undemocratic, and, as traditional hereditary monarchies, anachronistic regimes that are inevitably going to face collapse, upheaval and change in the coming years. Thus, despite the proclamations by the Gulf monarchies that they represent the Middle East’s only remaining bastions of stability, it is important, the author notes, to examine how the same calls for political and socio-economic reforms that have been· building up in other Middle East countries that have been threatened by the Arab Spring” may end up triggering movements for regime change in these countries, as well.

[1] Sinai, Joshua in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (20, 2, Fall/Winter, 2013, pp. 120-121). These reviews present books which examine national security issues that need to be considered in terrorism and counterterrorism analysis. Joshua Sinai is a Washington, DC-based consultant on counterterrorism studies. He can be reached at: Joshua.sinai@

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