S-Space Researcher Institutes (연구소) Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (통일평화연구원) Asian Journal of Peacebuilding Asian Journal of Peacebuilding vol.04 no.01-02 (2016)
Arab Spring and Democratic Transition in the GCC: Continuity amidst Change
- Mainuddin, Rolin G.
- Issue Date
- Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, Vol.4 No.2, pp. 161-186
- GCC; Arab Spring; democratization; democratic transition; institutional transformation; political reform
- Did the Arab Spring effect democratic transition in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries? What are the implications for institutional transformation? This article focuses on legislative autonomy vis-a-vis the executive branch. The authoritarian regimes have continued their strategy of resistance amidst a modicum of reform, within the twin policies of institutional restructuring and security control, which reveals four trends: institutional preservation, status quo concessions, stalled power-sharing, and repressive countermeasures. There has been a growing sectarian dimension to the opposition. Frustrated and disillusioned, the younger generation has infused energy into the protest movement both in the streets and in cyberspace. With a firm hold on the security services by rulers, incremental policy shifts in the social realm will outpace institutional transformation in the political arena.
- 2288-2693 (print)