Will Saudi Arabia cut funding to MbS’s costly misadventures?
Justin Gengler is a political scientist who studies political economy, political development, political behavior, public opinion, and survey methodology in the Middle East, especially the Arab Gulf states. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2011. He has recent or forthcoming publications in the British Journal of Political Science, Governance, Political Behavior, Middle East Journal, and Comparative Politics. He is the author of Group Conflict and Political Mobilization in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf: Rethinking the Rentier State (Indiana University Press, 2015). He is currently Research Associate Professor at the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University. In Fall 2020 he is also Visiting Associate Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Qatar. Since 2006, he has lived and conducted fieldwork for a total of 12 years in Yemen, Bahrain, and Qatar.
Opinion data show that citizens in the region are highly attuned and averse to unsupervised state spending, particularly on foreign policy and investments that are not perceived to be of direct public benefit.