Saudi Arabia and the Path to Political Change: National Dialogue and Civil Society (Library of Modern Middle East Studies)

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State-society dialogue in Saudi Arabia is one of the most contested issues in the country today, and yet very little is known about this process. Assessing the extent to which the Saudi Arabia National Dialogue process and activities of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) represent a viable attempt to address socio-political issues, the author here examines for the first time whether the ongoing National Dialogue process accurately reflects the aspirations and concerns of contemporary Saudi society, covering issues from women's empowerment to employment and public health. What are the impacts of National Dialogue on socio-political development? How does it relate to wider regime strategies and to the evolution of the Saudi polity? Based on approximately 120 interviews conducted in Saudi Arabia from 2009 to 2011, this book explores the effects and consequences of Saudi National Dialogue, and questions to what extent wider ideological debate is possible in the Kingdom.

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Mark Thompson completed his Ph.D in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter, UK. He is Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (Saudi Arabia).

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""This is a substantial, well-researched and theoretically engaged book. The author articulately pursues a theme which is distinctly different from that pursued by others, adopts a Gramscian framework of analysis which is also new in terms of work on Saudi Arabia, and investigates his topic thoroughly."" – Prof. Tim Niblock, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK

""A very fine book which tackles an important subject that has so far been under researched. It truly adds to the, relatively speaking, thin body of literature that is available on socio-political developments in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...it is the first in-depth study on the activities of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND). The author has gathered a wealth of material both by reading and interviewing...a real achievement."" – Paul Aarts, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands 

""Mark Thompson has done a invaluable service to anyone interested in Saudi politics and society, not only by a balanced and intimately informed analysis of the trends in socio-political dynamics generally, but by by detailing and interpreting, for the first time anywhere, the significance and role of the National Dialogue process and institutions: these are shown to mean, in subtle ways, far more than meets the eye on superficial contact, as often as not in ways that are indirect and unintentional. They both affect and reflect dynamics in the Saudi polity that are much more nuanced than usually acknowledged. This book should become a key point of reference for scholars and practitioners alike."" – Professor Gerd Nonneman, Dean of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar, and Professor of International Relations and Gulf Studies

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