Posted by the Atlantic Council March 2014

The latest Rafik Hariri Center issue brief, “Breaking Taboos: Youth Activism in the Gulf States” explores growing youth movements in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain and their potential to shift the political landscape within each country.

Shaped by a new media environment and emboldened by the early success of the Arab Awakening, activist youth are bringing new forms of civic engagement and political contestation to the Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The emerging Gulf youth movements are distinctive in their comprehensive critique of the ruling system and in their dismissal of existing political leaders as incapable of delivering fundamental political reform.

pdfRead the Issue Brief (PDF)