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Partisan politics, carte blanche and policy variation
Robert Mason

This group, it is argued in a civil suit filed by Saad Al Jabri in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, are noted as the personal mercenaries of the crown prince. They are alleged to have been sent to execute Saad Al Jabri where he resides in Canada for what he may know about the royal family, which could undermine Mohammed bin Salman's relations with the White House. 74 One might imagine that these cases reflect a problem for the Biden administration to secure individuals who have

in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
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Shifting tides of interaction and dependency
Robert Mason

Party, called some events run by Tablighi Jamaat ‘corona jihad’. 35 Member of the Sharjah royal family and businesswoman Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassimi called out Saurabh Upadhyay, an Indian national working in the UAE in April 2020, for being ‘openly racist and discriminatory’. 36 She went on to publish a front-page opinion piece in the Gulf News titled ‘I pray for an India without hate and Islamophobia’. 37 In

in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
Transnationalism and Islamic leadership
Robert Mason

fallout from this scandal included Malaysia's then attorney general Abdul Gani Patail linking $681 million in Najib Razak's bank account to firms associated with or bodies with links to 1MDB; but Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, confirmed that this was a personal donation from the Saudi royal family. 82 According to Datuk Syed Omar Alsagoff, the former Malaysian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Najib Razak had said that the Saudi donation was to pay for the 2018 election campaign, although he was not privy to

in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
Albania and Bulgaria
Ivan P. Nikolov
James W. Peterson

attack from within the region, and by a Balkan assassin on a member of the Austrian royal family. World War II as well as the communist period created a situation in which the region was torn by both local and outside forces. The answer to the opening question about why stability has now set in is related to a variety of factors. Both Bulgaria and Albania entered NATO in part because of wars in Afghanistan

in Defending Eastern Europe
Thomas C. Mills

through a cultural lens somewhat distorted by assumptions and caricatures of Britishness common in the United States at the time. Foremost among these was the idea of British respectability – an image no doubt enhanced by the presence of Alec Douglas-Home in 10 Downing Street in early 1964, a man his predecessor Harold Macmillan referred to as ‘the old governing class at its best.’ 94 When viewed as part of a broader caricature of Britishness based on the royal family and afternoon tea, it was inconceivable for many American commentators to view the Beatles as a threat

in Culture matters
Raymond Hinnebusch

or are Gulf-based, oil-linked or banking firms. Rent and indirect taxation such as import duties relieve most states of dependency on the bourgeoisie for tax revenues, which might give the latter the leverage to demand a share of power, and business is often quite dependent on the state (for contracts, licenses, etc.). Business lacks the institutionalised access and clout it enjoys in developed capitalist states: in the authoritarian republics, the military and bureaucracy and in the monarchies, royal families dominate foreign policy making. In more liberal states

in The international politics of the Middle East
Brent E. Sasley

example, Douglas Chalmers, 1977 . Although Chalmers was discussing Latin America, his idea of the politicized state can also be applied to the Middle East, where royal families or other groups tied together for various reasons have seized control of the state and held on to power with no intention of giving it up willingly. REFERENCES

in Redefining security in the Middle East
The weapon of the weakest?
Susanne Martin
Leonard Weinberg

regimes. Many of these inspired young men coalesced around Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden became angered when the Saudi royal family chose the United States and its allies to protect the Kingdom from the threat of an Iraqi invasion after the latter’s seizure of neighboring Kuwait in the summer of 1990.49 The result of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm was the liberation of Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s grasp and the elimination of the Iraqi threat to the Saudis. The following year, under pressure from the Kingdom, bin Laden and his followers departed for the Sudan

in The role of terrorism in twenty-first-century warfare