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Saher Naumaan

The Empty Promise of State-Sponsored Feminism in the Arabian Peninsula

[lllustration by K. Jones.]

States in the Arabian Peninsula have maintained, and in some cases strengthened, their authoritarian structures in the shadow of the recent Arab uprisings. In spite of this, the US government and many of its allies continue to herald a liberalizing shift in places such as Saudi Arabia or Kuwait largely on the basis of potential reforms meant to further women’s rights. Indeed, some of these states have taken actions to heighten their domestic and international legitimacy ...

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Saher Naumaan


Saher Naumaan is a DC-based researcher and writer on politics and development in the Middle East and South Asia. She works as a consultant at Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance, an international development non-profit. Saher's Twitter handle is @sahernaumaan.