Will the Gulf Cooperation Council Survive the Saudi-Qatar Crisis?

Omani Minister for Foreign Affairs Yousif bin Alawi bin Abdullah, left, arrives at the Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers meeting in Doha, Qatar, Dec. 9, 2014 (AP photo by Osama Faisal).
Omani Minister for Foreign Affairs Yousif bin Alawi bin Abdullah, left, arrives at the Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers meeting in Doha, Qatar, Dec. 9, 2014 (AP photo by Osama Faisal).
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The dramatic crisis pitting tiny, oil-wealthy Qatar against regional powers Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt raises the question of the survivability of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the regional organization of six Gulf states. Most likely, Qatar will make some concessions to return to the fold. But the GCC will end up weaker as a result, and Riyadh’s ambition to push for deeper unity of effort among the six states will not be realized. The political assault against Qatar has seen Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other states break diplomatic ties with Doha, as well as close their […]

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