The GCC and Gulf States

Chatham House research on the Gulf States encompasses work on the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. 

Topics include the dynamics of internal political and economic change, the evolving Gulf role in regional conflicts and aid, resource security, and responses to Islamic State.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's ambitious economic reform project promises to disrupt the traditional social contract in a number of ways, which is bound to have political ramifications.

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The intra-GCC crises: mapping GCC fragmentation after 2011

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Changing and Contesting Gender Norms in the Gulf

New prime minister Abiy Ahmed attends a rally in Ambo, Ethiopia. Photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images
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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Shows Knack for Balancing Reform and Continuity

Saudi women attend a short film festival in Riyadh in 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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Why Going to the Cinema in Saudi Arabia Is Suddenly Okay

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The Qatar Crisis: Nine Months On

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Measuring Oman’s Increasing Vulnerability to Political and Economic Risks

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Driving Economic Growth in the MENA Region: Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iraq

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Cybersecurity of the Sustainable Energy Sector in the GCC

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Qatari Gas in the Post-GCC Crisis Environment

People watch a projection of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh in September. Photo: Getty Images.
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Mohammed bin Salman’s Shakeup Is More Than a Power Play

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Youth Opinion in the GCC Countries

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The Saudi Aramco Float: Political, Financial, and Environmental Implications

Activist Manal Al Sharif, who has long campaigned for Saudi women's right to drive. Photo by Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images
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End of Saudi Women Driving Ban Reflects Deep Changes in Society

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Institutions of the State: Policymaking in the GCC

Browsing Twitter in Riyadh. Photo: Getty Images.
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Look to Social Media for the Gulf’s Burgeoning Debates

Mohammed bin Salman arrives for a GCC Economic and Development Affairs Authority meeting in Riyadh. Photo: Getty Images.
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Saudi Arabia’s New Crown Prince Promises Reforms to Everything Except Politics

The then Saudi Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, arrives for a press conference in Riyadh, on 25 April 2016. Photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images.
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Vision 2030 and Saudi Arabia’s Social Contract: Austerity and Transformation

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The UAE View of the GCC Crisis: What Happened and What Happens Next?

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Balancing Security and Human Rights: How Does the Law Apply to Social Media in the GCC?

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The Crisis in the Gulf: Qatar Responds

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