I am jaded. I hope that this is a real development, but I fear that it is maneuvering. I've come to think that many of these nations are doomed by local leaders who refuse to yield to the power of the state. The local leaders just play small world politics in order to strengthen their local power. Even in this forum--in another thread--Saudi used the old excuse of tribalism. If these tribes are still as powerful as they seem to be, it seems unlikely that any real progress toward civility will be made for generations to come.