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Saudi Arabia as a Resurgent Regional Power

Ehteshami, Anoush

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Ever since the 1980s, the MENA subsystem has been weakening under the weight of persistent inter-state conflict, violent non-state and sub-state actor incursions, and intense competition for influence and geopolitical advantage amongst its core states. Furthermore, a domino-like collapse of autocratic regimes across the Arab region after 2010 heralded an unprecedented level of disorder, insecurity and chaos. Regional disorder and the general crisis of the state in the Arab region has aggravated regional fragmentation and has at the same time emboldened Saudi Arabia and a small group of its neighbours to adopt a more interventionist, and at times belligerent foreign policy posture. The region’s changing dynamics provide the backdrop for closer analysis of Saudi responses to the regional crisis, which itself has been shaped by the changing of the guard in the Kingdom in 2015. The change is marked by an intensification of Saudi activism and a deepening of its role as a resurgent regional power.


Ehteshami, A. (2018). Saudi Arabia as a Resurgent Regional Power. The International Spectator, 53(4), 75-94.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 28, 2018
Publication Date Oct 2, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 15, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 28, 2020
Journal International Spectator
Print ISSN 0393-2729
Electronic ISSN 1751-9721
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 4
Pages 75-94


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