Fifth chapter of new Arab Digest / Global Policy Journal e-book explores how the Gulf monarchies have reacted to their increasingly ambiguous relationship with the US.
Oman joins the Saudi-led Coalition against Terrorism, a gesture to Saudi Arabia and the GCC which will only matter if it jeopardises Oman’s role as a mediator – which it probably won’t
Iran joins the Saudi-led Coalition against Terrorism, a gesture to Saudi Arabia and the GCC which will only matter if it jeopardises Oman’s role as a mediator – which it probably won’t.
The US law allowing 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government likely to remain in force. Concern at the harm to international law and US interests. Trump probably in support.
Partial reform of the kafala (labour sponsorship) system in Qatar. Calls for reform in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.
Saudi hostility to Iran not fully shared by the other GCC states. Saudi claim to lead the Sunnis contested. Kuwait and Iran.
US/Arab relations at risk in the election period. A bill allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in US courts provokes a strong Arab reaction.
Expat labour in Qatar and the other GCC. States. Qatar under the microscope. Human trafficking report by the US State Department puts pressure on Qatar, Saudi Arabia.
Oman formally aligned with the GCC, but looking also to Iran and blue water. Developments at Duqm.
Obama’s visit to Riyadh, perhaps his last as president, at a difficult time. Saudi Arabia has changed.