On October 23, 2012, Sharnoff’s Global Views interviewed Dr. Ali H. Alyami. Ali was born and raised in south-west Saudi Arabia. He worked for the oil industry in Saudi Arabia before coming to study in the US. Ali graduated with a PhD in government from the Claremont Graduate School, in Southern California. His thesis was titled: The Impact of Modernization on the Stability of the Saudi Monarchy. Ali is the founder and executive director of the Center […]
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Saudi Arabia can be saved if the current Saudi rulers see the world for what it is as opposed to clinging to their skewed version of reality. Former Crown Prince, now King Salman, stated recently that Saudi Arabia (and other Gulf monarchies) is “… passing through the most delicate situation in its history as a result of highly dangerous challenges.” The unprecedented and unexpected sudden mass revolts in the Arab world (“the Arab Spring”) caught […]
If Crown Prince Salman replaces King Abdullah, political conditions are likely to deteriorate for the Saudi people, the region and for the international community. The Washington-based Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, CDHR, has been inundated with inquiries from Western media and politicians since news broke of King Abdullah’s recent hospitalization. They are wondering about the Saudi royal succession and whether King Abdullah’s “reform” initiatives will continue when he no longer rules. […]
The United States has a unique opportunity to help the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) transition toward democracy. CDHR’s Analysis: Plagued by terminal mistrust of each other, by historic tribal feuds and by a multitude of modern looming internal and external threats, the unconstitutional ruling dynasties of the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council/GCC (Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates/UAE) failed to agree on a regional strategy or domestic unity […]
The Saudi merchants’ and ruling princes’ policies and practices are likely to lead to public retaliation. The staggering and avoidable unemployment rate among Saudis is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. It’s estimated that unemployment among Saudi youth is 30 percent and much higher among women. It’s not only uneducated Saudi women who cannot find jobs, but 60 percent of women with Ph.D. degrees cannot find or are denied employment because of their gender. This […]
Transforming the Saudi state from an absolute system to an inclusive, open and accountable modern polity requires reforms which the autocratic monarchy is unwilling of carrying out. When it rains, it pours in a land where it rarely rains. This metaphorical phrase describes the Saudi state’s current affairs best. Never in its history has the vast Saudi desert kingdom and its autocratic and theocratic ruling dynasties, Al-Saud and Al-Alshaikh, been more vulnerable, isolated externally and […]
Saudi religious restrictions imposed on women are interpreted to authorize men to execute women if deemed nonconformist to religious taboos. Studies conducted by Saudi women suggested that “Nearly a Quarter of (Saudi) Children (are) Raped and up to 46 percent of students suffer from homosexuality.” This should not come as a surprise given the severe and destructive religious taboos, especially gender segregation, imposed on society by zealots and their heavy-handed partners, the Saudi ruling family. […]