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Saudi Arabia’s perilous pivot 

“The most dangerous moment for a bad government,” the 19th-century French statesman and historian Alexis de Tocqueville observed, “is usually when it begins to reform itself.” Reform, after all, implies that traditional norms and institutions may have already been discredited, but that alternative structures have yet to be firmly established. Tocqueville’s classic example was the regime […]

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