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What remains of the GCC? – Inside Story

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What remains of the GCC? – Inside Story

Leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council traditionally meet for their summit every December.

The organization normally brings together Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

The GCC was formed in 1981 but 2017 is a year of crisis. Three members – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE – are blockading a fourth: Qatar.

With the diplomatic crisis now entering its seventh month there were questions whether the annual summit meeting would go ahead at all.

In the end it did, but it would be difficult to call the results a success.

Only the summit's host, the Emir of Kuwait, and Qatar's Emir were there.

The blockading countries sent relatively low-level delegations.
As a result, what was planned to be a two-day event lasted only a few hours.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE used the occasion to announce the formation of a new economic and military cooperation organization separate from the GCC.

Does the GCC still have a future – or has it been damaged beyond repair?

Presenter: Laura Kyle
Guests: Abdullah Baabood – Gulf Studies Programme, Qatar University.
Abdulaziz Alhorr – Qatar Finance and Business Academy.
Abdullah Al-Shayji – Professor of Political Science, Kuwait University.

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27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. zamzam souleiman

    December 7, 2017 at 4:56 am

    i mean why mute them, that is really rudeeeee!!…..they were speaking why do tha!!!t..at least tell them a head instead of just suddenly cutting them off and going on to the next guest

    • uuun nuun

      December 7, 2017 at 6:07 am

      zamzam souleiman aljazeera what did you expect

    • Sary Howayek

      December 7, 2017 at 6:18 am

      I agree… so rude. you can see them on screen still talking as they fade out, so belittling!

    • AirlineInsider

      December 7, 2017 at 10:41 am

      It is rude but that professor has been on multiple stories and he is always long winded. He says the same thing over and over again never really getting to a direct point. They’ve warned him and given him time limits multiple times but he ignores them. They should find someone better suited for TV, but it’s Al Jazeera :/ Professor, you can’t give a lecture during a 25 minute program.

    • brock cavilli

      December 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Time limit, you can’t simply give him all the time in the world. As a professor he knows he can’t go above or below the time limit.

  2. Free Thought

    December 7, 2017 at 7:21 am

    The GCC is becoming meaningless now.

  3. NaderR

    December 7, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Just a bunch of desert tribes grouped around wealth, greed and love for power. Most are extremists, others hypocrits, while others like Saudi Arabia are opening channels with Israel.
    Never mention the word Arabs again. Let there be war and one winner.

    • Boqoreh

      July 14, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      Most are hypocrites…

  4. SYED ADEEL HUSSAIN

    December 7, 2017 at 9:45 am

    GCC was actually part of the Ottoman Empire. I think The Turks controlled lands right up to Yemen (AQABA PORT CITY).

  5. Vedad

    December 7, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    They can’t even fake smile. Go Qatar.

  6. ht3oldnavy

    December 7, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    after what trump just pulled in isreal I don’t think the gulf nations will ever take US seriously anymore

    • Ken Brownfield

      December 9, 2017 at 12:45 am

      Hopefully the decent Arab nations will get together and wipe Israel off the map.

  7. Ken Brownfield

    December 9, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Saudi Arabians are nothing more than dogs in dresses.  Very ignorant. That’s why trump likes them.

  8. Alpha Pack

    December 9, 2017 at 6:22 am

    The GCC have learnt from arab wars that smartest gain more gdp this is why Qatar is loosing so badly because the others are going up 🙁

  9. Carlos M Alvarado

    December 9, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    They lost importance after they made deals with ZioIsrael

  10. mohammad khan

    December 10, 2017 at 12:31 am

    It’s very sad very very sad I am Pakistani I did not like it happens like this so sad

  11. Halim International

    December 11, 2017 at 3:30 am

    GOOD Job Kuwait…. Now Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Russia.. 9 Nation Allay Will be More Stronger….

  12. Fawad

    December 11, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    GCC are not countries, they are glorified gas stations for rich and wealthy of this world. On top of that these gas stations are un for them by foreigners. How can you call these desert oasis as countries? Modern days Arabs are nothing but a bunch of intolerant, misogynistic, ignorant and lazy bunch of people.

  13. IBRAHIM Said ali

    December 14, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    What Is The purpose Of The War? In The Past Was Necessary But Now For What?

  14. Arashk Borzoo

    December 15, 2017 at 3:28 am

    They shot themselves in there own foot and tomorrow they probably well blame Iran. They can’t do anything right and when there precious oil runs out we we’ll see what happens.

  15. Mikhail Slye

    December 24, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    I can’t wait for the day the last barrel of oil comes out of the ground

    • SilverAbsol

      January 9, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      That probably won’t happen in our lifetime. They’re already diversifying their economies.

    • Mikhail Slye

      January 9, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      Well I’m sure God will bless them as long as they’re doing the right thing

  16. jamila Hessen

    January 19, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I wish all so called GCC soon collapse and killing euch other they are evil they are not humans

  17. Harold Shit

    May 14, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    OIC .GCC ans ARAB League are useless . This organization didn’t succeed because of their Leader’s Greediness and Foolishness

  18. Firman Nugraha

    June 7, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    When brothers fighting, this is how worse it will get

  19. hollysaga

    November 30, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Aljazeera propaganda is real pathetic

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