Assessments

Picking Sides in the Gulf Dispute

Jun 10, 2017 | 13:31 GMT
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, Qatar's foreign minister, talks with journalists in Doha. The country's dispute with Saudi Arabia has forced states in and beyond the region to pick a side.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, Qatar's foreign minister, talks with journalists in Doha. The country's dispute with Saudi Arabia has forced states in and beyond the region to pick a side.
(KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Qatar has spread quickly beyond the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The spat came to a head June 5, when GCC members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates were joined by Egypt in severing diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar, which is also a member of the political and economic alliance. In the days since, countries in and beyond the region have begun reassessing their diplomatic relationships with each party in the dispute to decide whose side to take....

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