GCC, Qatar Tensions Nothing New

Bloomberg Intv June 2017

Arabia Monitor Chief Economist, Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden discusses tensions in the Middle East. She speaks on “Bloomberg Markets: Middle East.” (Source: Bloomberg)

The backdrop to the Qatar event in 2017, is a significantly reduced level of global tolerance for non-collaboration on combating terrorism, as the fallout from the Syria war has hit home in many Western cities. Qatar is being seen by the United States as “non-compliant” and that is the Saudi hook for the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative to marginalise it.

Qatar’s penchant for unconventional moves is also not new. This includes departing from the GCC “party line” while the GCC countries often refer to themselves as a “family” of tribes.

Watch the full interview here.