Social Engineering vs. Democratic Reform: The Search for Appropriate Platform to the Upcoming Earthquake in the Gulf Cooperation Council's Region

Hadji-Janev, Metodi (2013) Social Engineering vs. Democratic Reform: The Search for Appropriate Platform to the Upcoming Earthquake in the Gulf Cooperation Council's Region. Wulfenia Journal, 20 (8). pp. 448-463. ISSN 1561-882X

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Abstract

Arab spring, “global political awakening” will be written as one of the most significant moments of the beginning of this century. Starting in Tunisia the revolution has swept across the Arab World. However, once that these wave of political, economic and social demands reached the complex Gulf Region things have changed. Countries from the Gulf Cooperation Council-(GCC) have applied unique double standard reaction to the Arab protests. On one hand they have supported Arab Spring elsewhere including in Yemen. On the other hand domestically GCC’ countries have employed Shia-Sunni rift and threat from Iran’s hegemonic regional ambition to justify not just military intervention and support to Bahrain’s monarchy but also domestic interventions. Complex securities, religious, economic and social relationship in the Gulf accompanied by the U.S. strategic interests give small chances for democratic transformation in the near future. Nevertheless recent U.S. concerns about GCC’s countries domestic reaction to the people’s demands is clear message that something needs to be done. The article suggests that social stability is the platform that needs to be build if the GCC and U.S. are about to prevent upcoming earthquakes in the region.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Law
Social Sciences > Political Science
Divisions: Military Academy
Depositing User: Metodi Hadzi-Janev
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2013 14:43
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2013 10:08
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/7894

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