May 18, 2012
Saudi Arabia's More Perfect Union
Bruce Riedel, The National Interest
The Saudis don't try to impose their will on the neighborhood but instead try to persuade the others to follow. Even last year's GCC intervention in Bahrain was at the invitation of the embattled Bahraini king and enjoyed the support of all six monarchs. So the Saudi push for a more perfect union is likely to take time and be resisted by the other monarchs. This effort is already underway; for now, the open question is how hard will the house of Saud push?
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