By Toby Matthiesen
Pitting citizen opposed to citizen, the regimes have warned of an expanding probability from the Shia inhabitants. kinfolk among the Gulf regimes and their Shia electorate have soured to degrees as undesirable as 1979, following the Iranian revolution. because the crackdown on protesters in Bahrain in mid-March 2011, the "Shia hazard" has back turn into the catchall solution to calls for for democratic reform and responsibility. whereas this technique has ensured regime survival within the brief time period, Matthiesen warns of the dire effects this can have—for the social cloth of the Gulf States, for the increase of transnational Islamist networks, and for the way forward for the center East.
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Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn't (Stanford Briefs) by Toby Matthiesen