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Monday, March 20, 2017

Oman: the joy of benevolent dictatorship

Oman: the joy of benevolent dictatorship
By Stephen Kinzer   MARCH 14, 2017

ON A SUMMER morning in 1970, British commandos stormed the royal palace in Oman, captured the sultan, forced him to abdicate, and placed his son on the throne. Violent interventions like this one, aimed at securing the imperial goals of distant hegemons, often have disastrous consequences. The opposite happened in Oman. In the 47 years since Britain intervened to install a new sultan, this country has broken out of feudal isolation and, as I learned on a recent visit, become the geopolitical gem of the Middle East.

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