After decades as oligopolies under US protection, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar have turned the page. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is a de facto dictator; women drive, work, and marry whom they please; the religious police and governmental corruption are attacked and opponents are jailed or worse. MBS and his UAE counterpart, Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ) are waging war against neighboring Yemen, and Shaykh Tamim bin Hamad of Qatar is enraging them both by seeking better relations with Iran. The instructor, a former ambassador to Qatar and Yemen, will analyze what is happening and estimate whether it will last. MSC. Limit 28. Course is closed
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Charles Dunbar is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer, world affairs council president, college teacher, and senior UN official. He lived in the Middle East for 21 years where he learned French, Farsi and Arabic. He has published 25-30 scholarly articles and book chapters as well as op-eds.