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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A Saudi woman puts on her seat belt during a driving lesson in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 7 March 2018.  Photo: AMER HILABI/AFP/Getty Images.
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The Arrests of Saudi Women’s Driving Activists Underlines the Limits of Reforms

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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 intra-GCC crises: mapping GCC fragmentation after 2011

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

View of Business Bay in Dubai with the new intersection connecting Sheik Zayed Road. Photo: Edward Tian/Contributor/Getty Images.
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Cybercrime and the Digital Economy in the GCC Countries

A Saudi investor at the Tadawul (the Saudi Stock Exchange) in Riyadh, on 15 June 2015. Photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images.
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Economic Reform in the GCC: Privatization as a Panacea for Declining Oil Wealth?

The Dubai skyline at sunset, 4 April 2016. Photo: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images.
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Ruling Families and Business Elites in the Gulf Monarchies: Ever Closer?

The aftermath of a suicide bombing inside a Shia Muslim mosque in the Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif, 400 km east of Riyadh, on 22 May 2015. Photo: HUSSEIN RADWAN/AFP/Getty Images.
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Moving Target: UK–GCC Relations and the Politics of ‘Extremism’

A Saudi man walks past a pump at a petrol station in Jeddah. Photo: AMER HILABI/AFP/Getty Images.
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Fuel, Food and Utilities Price Reforms in the GCC: A Wake-up Call for Business

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Taming Riyadh’s religious police

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Shake up for the sheikhs as the oil slump hits home

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Iran’s policy towards the Houthis in Yemen: a limited return on a modest investment

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Middle Eastern regional rivalries

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greets Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah upon his arrival in Tehran on June 1, 2014. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images.
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Iran and the GCC: Unnecessary Insecurity

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Education and Democratic Development in Kuwait: Citizens in Waiting

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Civil Society in Saudi Arabia: The Power and Challenges of Association

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Future Trends in the Gulf

Houthi rebels take security measures with tanks around the parliament in Sanaa, Yemen, on February 16, 2015. Photo by Mohammed Hamoud / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images.
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Yemen and the Saudi-Iranian 'Cold War'

Manama, Al Manamah, Bahrain. Photo by John Elk / Getty Images.
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The Costs of Municipal Water Supply in Bahrain

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A Platform for Trade-off Analysis and Resource Allocation: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus Tool and its Application to Qatar’s Food Security

A Bahraini protester holds a national flag during an anti-government protest on September 5, 2014 in the village of Jannusan, west of Manama. Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images
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Bahrain: Civil Society and Political Imagination

Man on a ridge at Jebel Jassassiyeh, looking towards Ras Laffan, a major terminal for Qatar's natural gas. Photo by Peter Dowley, CC by 2.0.
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Finding the 'Right' Price for Exhaustible Resources: The Case of Gas in the Gulf

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