The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Pandemic

Author
Sara Nowacka
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
The fight against the spread of the coronavirus in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has forced cooperation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, which were in conflict within the GCC. At the same time, the UAE took advantage of other countries’ need for support in countering COVID-19 to strengthen relations with China, Iran, and Syria, among others. The UAE’s activity emphasizes its ambition for domination of the region, which may lead to a new dispute within the GCC between the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Topic
International Relations, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Regional Cooperation, Coronavirus
Political Geography
Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Gulf Cooperation Council, Gulf Nations