June 20, 2012

Tensions in the House of Saud

Ray Takeyh, New York Times

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The irony of the current situation is that the monarchy can still afford to liberalize without losing power. Saudi politics today are no longer a simple contest between violent Islamist extremists and the monarchy. A political center has evolved over the years with a moderate intellectual cohort and an equally moderate religious class coming together in issuing various petitions for greater liberalization of the state.

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