Majed Mohammed Hassan Al-Ansari, Bülent Aras, Emirhan Yorulmazlar
Dr. Al-Ansari is president of the Qatar International Academy of Security Studies. Dr. Aras is a visiting professor of international relations at Qatar University. Dr. Yorulmazlar is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.
The longevity and depth of regional challenges in the Middle East have elevated political and security concerns to a new level within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in recent years. Three conflicting worldviews have confronted one another, resulting in debilitating consequences for the region. Increasing fragmentation of Arab politics, in turn, has engendered attempts at enforced Arab unity that have ultimately failed, further dividing and destabilizing the regional order. This article delineates the background of the Gulf crisis of 2017 within the broader context of the Arab Spring and analyzes the ensuing attempts at mediation, the US role in the region, political developments in Kuwait and Oman, normalization efforts with Israel, and the recent resolution of the Gulf crisis by examining various actors’ political roles.
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