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Can the GCC survive the crisis?

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Can the GCC survive the crisis?.

Four months into the standoff initiated on June 5 by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen explores the implications of a continued, protracted rift among the member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in a piece for the Arab Center Washington, D.C.

The prospect of a prolonged internal crisis leaves the GCC greatly weakened, he writes, and suggests U.S. officials should consider carefully how best they can assist in using their leverage in Gulf capitals to dial down the rhetoric, prevent informal escalation and contribute meaningfully to mediation efforts. Click here to read the full publication.