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<h1><em>Analysis and commentary on the Gulf Co-operation Council region</em></h1>
Politics, economics and security help to explain why some Gulf countries have adopted conscription.
Kamal Alam and Wajahat S Khan
Saudi Arabia’s new Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition has been hailed as an historic organisation which will not only serve a military purpose but also take the ideological fight against those who use terror in the name of Islam.
Saudi Arabia and Israel appear to be putting aside decades of enmity due to a fear of Iran's nuclear ambitions and its actions in the region. Is this the beginning of a beautiful friendship?
Trump’s Bid to End Saudi-Qatar Stalemate Ends in Recriminations
Arab Nations Demand Qatar Shut Al Jazeera, Cut Islamist Ties and Detail Funding
Why Qatar is the focus of terrorism claims
The UK Prime Minister’s visit to the Gulf region was dominated by the need to solidify defence ties and repair recently strained political relations.
H A Hellyer
The failure of terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up an airliner over the US has also highlighted failures in our counter-terrorism strategies and analysis, which must now be addressed.
Sean McKnight, Neil Partrick and Fransis Toase
The aim of this Whitehall Paper is to study the changing capabilities of the Gulf’s military forces and to assess what impact force building plans may have on the regional military balance.
It is only comparatively recently that the present configuration of independent states in the Gulf was established. This helps to explain the sensitivities of them all to the issue of external...
Rosemary Hollis and Edward Foster
Why key Arab countries have cut ties with Qatar — and what Trump had to do with it
The GCC will ride out the storm
Pakistan’s balancing act with Iran just got tougher
Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi
Can Saudi Arabia's bold reforms cure growing financial woes?