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Washington and the hard calculations at play in the Qatar crisis

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.

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Gulf Rift Threatens Region’s Stability

The dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbors has now entered its fourth week, causing an uptick in tension throughout the Middle East.

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A New Politics of GCC Economic Statecraft: The Case of UAE Aid and Financial Intervention in Egypt

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.

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After the EU Global Strategy – Building Resilience

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.

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US-Gulf Policy Symmetries are Genuine and Significant

Donald Trump flew into sunny Saudi Arabia pursued by some of the darkest clouds looming over Washington in decades.

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Saudi Arabia’s Post-Oil Future

The euphoria that accompanied the launch of “Saudi Vision 2030” has begun to dim in the face of fundamental challenges.

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How America Can Influence the Syrian Conflict

Washington faces a crucial decision on Syria in the coming weeks, with massive implications for its entire Middle East agenda.

Riyadh and Washington Are Growing Ever Closer

The continuing renovation of relations between Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies with Washington reached a new level this week, moving from the aspirational towards practical application.

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