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The Limits to Gulf Cooperation

Dec 7, 2016 | 03:39 GMT
The Limits to Gulf Cooperation
The 37th annual Gulf Cooperation Council summit kicked off in Manama, Bahrain, on Dec. 6. Despite the messages of unity and accord that will prevail throughout the meeting, the summit will likely highlight some of the issues dividing the GCC's members.
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Despite its name, the Gulf Cooperation Council is no stranger to tension and competition between its members. Some of these differences will doubtless come to light over the course of the 37th annual GCC Summit, which kicked off on Tuesday in Manama, Bahrain. Though the GCC's leaders gather at dozens of high-level meetings each year, the annual summit functions as a sort of state of the union, a chance for the group to flesh out its shared policy priorities. The meeting will showcase the bloc's unity, a testament as much to the GCC's carefully crafted image as to the common ties that bind the group together. At the same time, it will highlight the underlying divisions that have always existed in the GCC....

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