New Book by Senior Associate Fellow Mark Thompson, titled: "Policy-Making in the GCC: State, Citizens and Institutions"
Date: 2017-08-13

Co-edited by KFCRIS Senior Associate Fellow Mark Thompson and Dr. Neil Quilliam from Chatham House

Publishing on August 30th, 2017. 


Following the 2011 Arab uprisings, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - played a crucial role in reordering the Middle East and building stronger ties between countries. These wealthy nations have undergone dramatic changes in recent years with huge economic and population growth, alongside an increase in combined global influence. The current crisis within the GCC and the relationship with Qatar jeopardizes this and threatens the stability of the countries themselves. What changes are policymakers in the GCC making to account for the current tensions? Is this a short term political glitch or a long term problem linked in part to approaches to religion and the state?


1. Professor Tim Niblock: "For those seeking to understand the dynamics of GCC governance, in all its diverse dimensions, this work should be required reading".

2. Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen: "This important and timely work mixes thematic issues with country specific case studies and will appeal to scholars and policymakers alike".

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