Our panel analyse policymaking approaches in the GCC and the balance of power in the region.
Dr Sara Bazoobandi, Senior Lecturer, International Political Economy, Regent's University London
Sara Masry, Middle East Analyst
Dr Mark Thompson, Assistant Professor, Middle East Studies, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals; Senior Associate Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
Chair: Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Following the 2011 Arab uprisings, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - played a crucial role in reordering the Middle East and building stronger ties between countries. These wealthy nations have undergone dramatic changes in recent years with huge economic and population growth, alongside an increase in combined global influence. The current crisis within the GCC and the relationship with Qatar jeopardizes this and threatens the stability of the countries themselves. What changes are policymakers in the GCC making to account for the current tensions? Is this a short term political glitch or a long term problem linked in part to approaches to religion and the state? Our panel analyse policymaking approaches in the GCC and the balance of power in the region.