For a concise overview of the Arab Uprisings in the Persian Gulf countries read Toby Matthiesen’s Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn’t (Stanford University Press). In Sectarian Gulf, Matthiesen provides first-hand accounts of protests in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, and “illuminates how the regimes quickly suppressed these movements.” Watch Matthiesen discuss Sectarian Gulf in POMEPS Conversations 28.
Matthiesen has been a frequent contributor to POMEPS and the Middle East Channel. His articles include “The Sectarian Gulf vs. The Arab Spring” (October 8, 2013), “Saudi Royal Family Politics and the Arab Spring” (January 14, 2013), “Saudi Arabia’s Shiite problem” (March 7, 2012), and “Battling over the legacy of Bahrain’s Pearl Roundabout” (February 13, 2012). On October 15, 2013 Matthiesen joined POMEPS for a Sectarian Gulf book launch.