How Stable Is Saudi Arabia? Reasons for Anxiety


Rachel Bronson, vice president of programs and studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, participated in The New York Times Room for Debate “How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?” on March 14, 2011.

In Room for Debate, The Times invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss news events and other timely issues.  Bronson's piece, “Reasons for Anxiety,” outlines that while Saudi Arabia shares many characteristics of other revolutionary nations like Egypt and Tunisia, it differs in key ways that make short-term revolution unlikely.

Dr. Bronson oversees more than 150 programs the Chicago Council runs annually as well as the increasing amount of intellectual capital that the organization creates. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Chicago Tribune. She has commented widely on foreign affairs in outlets such as NPR, CNN, The Lehrer News Hour, The Charlie Rose Show, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Dr. Bronson's book Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia (Oxford University Press, 2006), has been translated into Japanese and published in paperback in June 2008.
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