As the confrontation between the Arab coalition and Qatar nears the one-month mark, with Doha insisting it intends to reject the 13 demands placed before it, it’s becoming increasingly clear that if there is to be any kind of reconciliation it will be brokered by Washington.
The dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbors has now entered its fourth week, causing an uptick in tension throughout the Middle East.
The Arab Gulf States (AGS), or the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates), have historically used foreign aid and humanitarian aid as a quiet tool of their respective foreign policies within the wider Middle East.
The world seems startled by the seemingly sudden rift between key Arab states and Qatar.
The six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Oman – are in a period of profound change, both economic and social.
Donald Trump flew into sunny Saudi Arabia pursued by some of the darkest clouds looming over Washington in decades.
The euphoria that accompanied the launch of “Saudi Vision 2030” has begun to dim in the face of fundamental challenges.
Washington faces a crucial decision on Syria in the coming weeks, with massive implications for its entire Middle East agenda.
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