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Implications of the Qatar Crisis for Regional Security in the Gulf

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Implications of the Qatar Crisis for Regional Security in the Gulf.

The standoff in the Gulf that commenced May 23 between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates presents the greatest challenge to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 and the Gulf War in January–February 1991. The involvement of countries such as Turkey, and potentially Russia and Iran, is likely to widen existing fractures within the GCC and weaken the web of partnerships with Western states that have formed the cornerstone of the post-1991 Gulf security architecture, writes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen in a brief for the Al-Sharq Forum: http://bit.ly/2saev7i.