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 It’s Good To Be The King

Three Arab autocrats who ruled their countries for decades have been ousted from power this year, and others are in danger of being overthrown. Yet no king or emir has suffered such a fate.

Protests have taken place in countries ruled by monarchs, including Bahrain, which had widespread demonstrations last spring. And after protests in Morocco and Jordan, the kings offered up limited political changes that have, at least for now, staved off any real threat to their rule.

"They are one step ahead of the protesters," says Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. "They are much more sensitive to the demands of the people and are trying to open up and introduce reform."

 It’s Good To Be The King

Three Arab autocrats who ruled their countries for decades have been ousted from power this year, and others are in danger of being overthrown. Yet no king or emir has suffered such a fate.

Protests have taken place in countries ruled by monarchs, including Bahrain, which had widespread demonstrations last spring. And after protests in Morocco and Jordan, the kings offered up limited political changes that have, at least for now, staved off any real threat to their rule.

"They are one step ahead of the protesters," says Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. "They are much more sensitive to the demands of the people and are trying to open up and introduce reform."

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