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The GCC in Crisis

Chatham House, London


Cinzia Bianco, Analyst, Gulf State Analytics
David B Roberts, Lecturer, King’s College London
Michael Stephens, Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
Sanam Vakil, Associate Fellow, Chatham House
Chair: Peter Salisbury, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House


On 5 June, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced that they were cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar for the second time in three years. They also closed their borders, airspace and waterways to the tiny, gas-rich Gulf Arab state, leading to panic buying in Qatari supermarkets. For what has become an effective siege to be lifted, Qatar has been told that it must end once and for all a more than two-decade streak of maverick foreign policymaking and possibly shut down Qatari-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera. Doha, which hosts the biggest American military base in the Middle East, is looking to Washington for support, but it is far from clear if Donald Trump will come to the emirate’s rescue. How did we get here and what comes next?

At this event, the panellists will analyse the roots and likely trajectory of the biggest internal crisis the Gulf Cooperation Council has faced in its 36-year history.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. 

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.