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Policy Matters

Dec 6, 2017

For the past six months, tensions have risen in the Persian Gulf. Recent escalations began in June when members of the “Quartet” — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt — suspended relations with Qatar over its support for regional Islamist groups, among other allegations. The discord has continued, prompting many to suggest that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as we know it may ultimately collapse.

In this episode, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute, discusses the origins of the GCC crisis, and its implications for regional politics and U.S. foreign policy.