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Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council following their summit in Riyadh in 2019 Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council following their summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 10, 2019 (AP photo by Amr Nabil).

After the Qatar Boycott, Can the GCC Come Together?

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021

Saudi Arabia and three of its Gulf allies have agreed to end a three-and-a-half-year travel and trade blockade on neighboring Qatar. The deal was announced last week at a summit of the six-country Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC. But the embargo has done lasting damage to the bloc, says Sanam Vakil, a Middle East expert at Chatham House, and “there’s a lot of work to be done” to address persistent divisions within the GCC countries.

Vakil joined WPR’s Elliot Waldman on the Trend Lines podcast this week to talk about how the Gulf states can move forward after years of acrimony. ...

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