Four months into the current Gulf Crisis

Certainly, the quartet including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have envisaged that many other states would join their sanctions against tiny but wealthy Qatar. Instead, a deadlock has appeared where nothing more than the collapse of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is at stake. Mediation efforts by Kuwait and Oman (and even the U.S.A.) have failed while Qatar appears to stand on firm ground. It is difficult to picture a scenario of an imminent solution of the crisis and avoiding penalizing countries without losing face. Maybe the planned GCC meeting in December will bring something new…

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