Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The uprising against Bahrain s Al Khalifa royal family that began in Bahrain on February 14, 2011, amidst other regional uprisings, has not toppled Bahrain s regime or achieved the goals of the mostly Shiite opposition to establish a constitutional monarchy. However, unrest has continued as Bahrain s Shiites seek to bring outside pressure to bear on the Sunni-dominated government to increase Shiite political influence and rights. The government asserts that the opposition is radicalizing, using bombings and other violent tactics against security officials. The crisis has demonstrated that the grievances of the Shiite majority over the distribution of power and economic opportunities were not satisfied by the modest reforms during 1999-2010.
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