Legal and Political Reforms in Saudi Arabia

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Routledge, Nov 27, 2012 - Political Science - 368 pages
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The fractious relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has long been a central concern in Washington. In the aftermath of 9/11 and amongst ongoing wars, the United States confronts an acute dilemma: how to cooperate with Riyadh against terrorism whilst confronting acute anti-Americanism?

Using information gathered from extensive interviews with a plethora of officials, this book aims to analyze Saudi domestic reforms. It addresses the significant deficiency of information on such diverse matters as the judiciary and ongoing national dialogues, but also provides an alternative understanding of what motivates Saudi policy makers. How these reforms may impact on future Saudi decision-making will surely generate a slew of policy concerns for the United States and this study offers a few clarifications and solutions.

This book will be of interest to anyone seeking a new perspective on the motivation behind legal and political reforms in Saudi Arabia, and the effects of these reforms beyond the Middle East.

 

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Reforms within the judiciary
19
2 National and international dialogues
62
3 Political participation and municipal elections
109
4 Political reforms and the succession dilemma
131
5 Reforms and the petition industry
159
6 Saudi Arabia and the United States
188
7 Conclusion
212
Appendices
221
Notes
288
Bibliography
328
Index
336
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Joseph A Kéchichian is the CEO of Kéchichian & Associates, LLC, a consulting partnership that provides analysis on the Arabian/Persian Gulf region, specializing in the domestic and regional concerns of Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Yemen.

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