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Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, oversees the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait City, Dec. 5, 2017 (AP photo by Jon Gambrell).

Is the Gulf Cooperation Council Dead? Will It Matter If It Is?

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

The split within the Gulf Cooperation Council that pits regional powers Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against Qatar has proven surprisingly durable. Kuwaiti efforts to mediate the six-month-long dispute have failed, most recently and notably when Kuwait’s emir convened the annual GCC summit on Dec. 5 and was forced to end the proceedings early just after the closed-door opening remarks.

The intra-Gulf rupture has spilled over to the region’s external relations, making it harder for security partners to insist on maintaining even and equal relations with all GCC members. From informal think tank consultations to formal intergovernmental forums, Saudi Arabia and its neighbors have now imposed an approach that “you’re either with us or against us” on its outside interactions. ...

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