Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum

Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum

Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum

(Ph.D. Tel Aviv University) Expert on the Gulf states, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Arab economies, and pan-Arab issues.
Phone: 972-3-531-8665

Is the GCC in Peril?

| March 12, 2014

Tension over Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood has damaged relations between Doha and its Gulf neighbors. The days of the GCC may be numbered.

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Saudi-Israeli Relations: Balancing Legitimacy and Security

| December 17, 2013

There is speculation on collaboration between Saudi Arabia and Israel against Iran. However, given its history and concern for the legitimacy of its rule, the Saudis are more likely to draw closer to Iran.

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Saudi Succession and Stability

| November 1, 2011

The process of balancing and satisfying Saudi royal factions depends on patience and conservatism within royal circles. It also requires quiet in the streets of Riyadh and Jedda. Thus far, there are no signs of the so-called “Arab Spring” spreading to Saudi Arabia.

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Women’s Suffrage in Saudi Arabia

| October 9, 2011

King Abdullah says that women will be appointed to the Consultative Council and be allowed to vote and run for municipal councils. Is this a significant advancement for Saudi women’s rights, or just another instance of the kingdom’s “two steps forward, one step back” reform policy?

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Empty Words: Saudi Blustering

| July 17, 2011

The Saudis are all bark and no bite. Despite occasional public “outrage” from Saudi officials about US policy regarding the Arab unrest, Israel, Iraq, Iran, or Afghanistan, Riyadh and Washington are still very distant from the parting of ways threatened by some Saudi officials.

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Gulf Monarchies Confront the “Arab Spring”

| June 12, 2011

The threat emanating from Iran as well as the lack of confidence in US support gives the Gulf states much to fear and has imbued the GCC with new-found unity and purpose.

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Saudi Arabia, Iran, and America in the Wake of the Arab Spring

For the rulers of Riyadh, the primary result of the “Arab Spring” has been a shaking of the strategic foundation and alignments that have shaped Saudi regional policy since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the “Day of Rage” That Wasn’t

| April 4, 2011

While unrest has rattled the Middle East in recent months, oil wealth and tradition have kept things quiet in Saudi Arabia.

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The Struggle Over Religious Edicts in Saudi Arabia

| November 11, 2010

Recently, the Saudi Royals have moved to control the issuance of fatwas(religious edicts), restricting them to those appointed by the family as members of the Council of Senior Ulama; but the proliferation of media makes such control difficult.

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