Four Middle East dictators, backed by the U.S. for the stability they bring, are getting old, and none have a successor with clear popular support.
The source: “The Costs of Relying on Aging Dictators” by Caroline Sevier, in
Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2008.
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak turned 80 in May. Saudi king Abdullah will be 84 in August. Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali celebrated his 71st birthday last September, and Oman’s sultan Qaboos is the youngster of the group at age 67. Official Washington counts these four Western...