Gulf Roundtable: Will Unity Hold? The GCC and the Challenge of Joint Action
Improving relations among the Gulf Cooperation Council states are a sign that governments are feeling increasingly stressed, according to Dr. F. Gregory Gause III, and inter-state tensions would likely return if threats diminished. Gause spoke at a CSIS Middle East Program Gulf Roundtable entitled “Will Unity Hold? The GCC and the Challenge of Joint Action” on December 12, 2014.
Gause’s remarks addressed the aftermath of an emergency meeting in Riyadh in November at which GCC leaders reportedly reconciled, resolving a diplomatic spat that erupted in March when Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates withdrew their ambassadors from Doha. The actual content of their agreement has not been made public. Gause argued that shifts in both Qatar’s top-level leadership and foreign policy made this rapprochement possible, but that it remains to be seen whether Qatar’s pattern of idiosyncratic foreign policy behavior has truly come to an end.