While GCC policymakers have responded swiftly to the threat of COVID-19 domestically, some Gulf states deftly used the crisis to advance their foreign policy objectives with states with which they have had adversarial relationships. Only time will tell whether these new diplomatic opportunities will lay groundwork for concerted regional efforts.
Emir swore in new govt 17 Dec following resignation of previous govt in Nov due to vote of no confidence against interior minister. Authorities 13 Dec arrested Egyptian man over alleged links to banned Muslim Brotherhood group; suspect deported to Egypt next day after admitting to transferring funds to organisation.
In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula, April Longley Alley, assesses what can be expected from the UN peace talks in Kuwait.
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