Saudi Arabia Takes Its Authoritarianism Online

The Saudi government has tried to control its image online by any means necessary.

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The past few years have seen a surge of activity on social media platforms, especially Twitter, in Saudi Arabia. Forty percent of tweets that come from the Arab world originate in there. But in a country that’s generally unaccepting of free speech, the Saudi government has tried to control the narrative by any means necessary. […]

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Hilal Khashan
Hilal Khashan is a Professor of political science at the American University of Beirut. He is a respected author and analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. He is the author of six books, including Hizbullah: A Mission to Nowhere. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.) He is currently writing a book titled Saudi Arabia: The Dilemma of Political Reform and the Illusion of Economic Development. He is also the author of more than 110 articles that appeared in journals such as Orbis, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Journal of Religion and Society, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.