Inside Story – Can the GCC still be relevant? – Inside Story


He is plane-hopping around the Arabian Peninsula, hoping to mediate in what’s being called the Qatar Crisis.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, as well as Egypt, have severed ties with Qatar, closing land and sea borders and airspace.

They say Qatar is supporting extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

They’ve also had disagreements over its ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

The GCC has been an alliance since May 1981 and is made up of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman.

The ongoing crisis is not the first to hit the bloc.

But what’s the impact going to be this time around?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan


Jean-Marc Rickli, Head of Global Risk at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Ali Alkandari, Professor on Contemporary Gulf History at Kuwait University

Rami Khouri, Senior Public Policy Fellow at the American University of Beirut

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  1. I'm more worried about the working middle class then all these horrible money grabbing Royals. Those caught in this political crossfire, my prayers for you. It's Ramadan, do good and think only good deeds.

  2. This pointing finger is so depressing for me. UN GS please get involved, open a meeting for these issue. Ganging up is wrong! Each of those Dictators is supporting a certain group of extremists.

  3. Israel is too shrewd for the arab world…with strong leaders in the new 4 Turkey Russia China Iran the balance against the status quo controlled by the US Israel pimps. Europe is alone and the usual allies have moved towards the new pact, exciting times ahead, thank God that trump is there for 4 years lol totally giving the balance forces a chance

  4. Saudi support Israel, the only reason for this is the master plan to go to war with Iran
    just because Israel and others wants that oil . Then we the innocent pay the price and the consequences

  5. Those countries in the Middle East except Qatar, Turkey and Yemen are the masterminds of people dying in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Gaza, and those African black refugees and immigrants dying in the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach EU. They are also the masterminds of growing hate and fears in USA, EU, and Africa because they worship crime and injustice! That's it.

    Qatar rejected and denounced the EPRDF-AlShabab/TPLF-AlShabab invasion to Somalia while others made Somalia "No Go Zone" just like Gaza! And then blaming AlShabab Gangs to Somalis in everywhere. Can Somalis, Americans, Europeans, and Canadians walk on this earth without fearing for their lives? No I don't think so.

    "Emancipate yourselves from Mental Slavery!"

  6. Well Well Well they have try so Hard to unstabil the syria Now happening to themself once Qatar support jihadis in Syrien soil together with the saudies the biggest supporter of World wide terrorist including isis , like older use to say whats goes around comes around hopefully soon Will be the time for saudi Arabia it-self🇸🇦🇮🇱👎🏻

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