Over the past few years, the faces of Gulf power have significantly rejuvenated, while political and diplomatic power remain highly personalized. First, in some Gulf Arab States, leaders are much younger than in the past: Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani succeeded his father, Hamad bin Khalifa, at age 33 in 2013, and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud started his meteoric rise to power at age 29 in 2015.
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Per l’Arabia Saudita, la crisi internazionale seguita all’invasione russa dell’Ucraina offre opportunità e rischi. Sul fronte economico, la risalita del prezzo del petrolio sostiene la diversificazione post-idrocarburi del regno, fra nuovi progetti urbanistici e industria nazionale della difesa. Il piano diplomatico è invece denso di rischi: nessun ridimensionamento, finora, delle alleanze “multipolari”, anche a costo di logorare quelle tradizionali.
In the Arab capitals of the Gulf, ruling classes are quietly emerging beside rulers, boosted by economic diversification. Power and politics continue, traditionally, to be centralized and personalized. “Dynasticism”, driven by oil revenues, still represents the core of politics in the Gulf. In other words, it’s always a (royal) family affaire with a trend of power concentration in the hands of a single branch of royal families.
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