Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

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The Saudi and the Islamists

Amir Taheri’s op-ed in The New York Times recounts how the Islamist card has been played by various Muslim regimes, and especially elaborates on why the Islamists have decided that this was the moment to make a stand against their onetime benefactor, the House of Al Saud. Yet, Taheri writes, "It is too early to say whether the Saudi regime is truly determined to break with the Islamists, as the Egyptian and Algerian governments did in their time. A real break with Islamists will come when the Saudi leadership offers a new strategy aimed at an alliance with the modernizing forces in the kingdom. That has not happened."  

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