Saudi Crackdown Raises Specter of Wider Dissent

Posted by Dr. James M. Dorsey with the same title on November 6, 2017 at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 635, November 6, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Few noticed a rare protest that took place in Saudi Arabia in late January 2011 as a wave of popular uprisings swept the Middle East and North Africa, toppling the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Yet that protest, as well as criticism of the government’s handling of floods in the Red Sea port of Jeddah in 2009, play an important role in Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s extension of his crackdown to members of the ruling family and the military. Prince…

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