While the entire world is witnessing the largest attack of one country on another in Europe since World War II, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members are far from being decisive in condemning Russia for invading Ukraine.
ollowing the First Gulf War, the foreign ministers of Syria, Egypt, and the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), namely Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), met in Damascus and agreed on a new security cooperation initiative for the Gulf which came to be known as the “Damascus Declaration.
China has launched an ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to connect the world, including GCC countries and the rest of the Middle East.
fter three and a half years of paralyzing strife, the blockade of Qatar was brought to an end ahead of the 41st Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), turning the page on perhaps the darkest period in the union’s four decade history.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), institutionalized in 1981 at the height of the Iraq-Iran war, was created to provide a unified security umbrella to the bloc’s micro-states who find themselves unable to face powerful political and economic challenges.
Gulf pivot to Asia: The shift is real It is hardly surprising that economic cooperation has been the linchpin of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) pivot to China, and to a much lesser extend to Russia, given the interdependent structures of their economies.
Read: The GCC States’ Russian DilemmaExchange rates, borrowing, and economic growth risks increase due to war.
” Meanwhile, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has urged a return to the JCPOA, while some regional governments like the UAE are unenthusiastic about the sanctions being lifted.
Read: The GCC States’ Russian Dilemma Food insecurity in the MENA region is a growing challenge Even before the Russia-Ukraine war and the COVID19 pandemic, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that over 55 million of the 415 million MENA population was undernourished.
The transfer of Israeli natural gas to Europe via Turkey could be the backbone of a solid partnership.
Read: GCC Breakthrough Faces Risk of Relapse as Underlying Tensions RemainThe central question here is to what extent Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE can tolerate each other’s regional aspirations in negotiating the process of regional order? As the Gulf states don’t have a joint foreign policy and a common defense agenda, establishing bilateral military relations with Gulf and non-Gulf actors independently seems inevitable.
Thanks to the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Al Ula agreement in January 2021, there is now room for optimism manifested in the constructive moves by both Turkish and Arab leaders toward a broader normalization process.
The recent drone attack targeting the UAE, which the Houthis took credit for, immediately received the Saudi government’s strong condemnation, and will likely only add to the fears of Riyadh and other capitals in GCC states about the capabilities of Iranian-backed insurgents in Yemen.
The Gulf states’ regional loneliness, partly due to the Biden administration’s hesitancy to take an active role in regional affairs, forced the UAE and other GCC states to fend for themselves within the shifting regional security dynamics and alliances.
Read: GCC-Damascus Rapprochement Can Pit Syria Against Turkey Even FurtherIn the last few years, Riyadh's regional influence, role, and image have been partly eroded by the war in Yemen, the blockade against Qatar, the Khashoggi murder, and the vulnerabilities against Iran's proxy attacks.
" Other countries within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) followed suit or took other measures, but the GCC appeared united in its stance against Lebanon – the Gulf’s unity on such a negative position towards Lebanon constitutes a precedent, with Oman and Qatar taking less escalatory measures than their counterparts.
(23) The breadth and scope of Walia’s study covers not just first-world countries in their treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, but also bears upon ongoings in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States, the UAE, India, Brazil and the Philippines, among others.
In the pre-Arab uprisings era, Turkey was enjoying the golden days in its relations with regional countries, in particular the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Likewise, Saudi Arabia underlined the “Gulf unity” in the Al-Ula GCC Summit in January 2021, despite the fact that the summit was facilitated by Kuwait and the U.