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dc.contributor.advisorLooney, Robert E.
dc.contributor.advisorGhoreishi, Ahmad
dc.contributor.authorReinhold, Baron V.
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:35:16Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:35:16Z
dc.date.issued2001-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/2462
dc.description.abstractWhether it is Egypt, Yemen, Iran or Iraq, when it comes to threats facing the House of Saud, the popular media has focused almost exclusively on external factors. Yet, the greatest threat facing the House of Saud is not one of foreign aggression but one of domestic opposition. This thesis contends that the House of Saud has maintained control of Saudi Arabia by relying on three distinct pillars (or power facilitators): first, aligning itself with a strong and reliable outside power, second, preventing opposition groups from gaining a significant following by controlling informal networks within Saudi Arabia, and third, creating a rentier state making its citizens dependent on the government largesse. Furthermore, this thesis contends that the House of Saud will have increasing difficulties controlling its informal networks, and that its rentier policies are utterly flawed and unsustainable. The purpose of this thesis is to scrutinize Saudi Arabia in order to determine the future viability of the House of Saud in light of the numerous political, social, religious and economic challenges that it now faces. The House of Saud is analyzed through the lens of omnibalancing which this thesis argues best describes the House of Saudâ s propensities.en_US
dc.format.extentxviii, 156 p. ;en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.titleOmnibalancing and the House of Sauden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.description.serviceUS Navy (USN) authoren_US
dc.identifier.oclc640954800
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.A.en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineNational Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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