The Changing Regional Order: The Case of Gulf Cooperation Council and the Blockade of Qatar In 2017
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The Changing Regional Order: The Case of Gulf Cooperation Council and the Blockade of Qatar in 2017 illustrates the facts and potential causes of the diplomatic breakdown of the GCC states that was intensified with the blockade of Qatar in 2017. The unjustified and abrupt embargo imposed by the blockading countries has adversely impacted the unique political and economic framework of the entirety of the GCC states for the last three years. The GCC alliance had been long appreciated for its geographical proximity, cultural and historical uniqueness and as a model for a progressive society. However, the movement or the threat that emerged against Qatar has exposed the vulnerability of the GCC alliance. The imminent threat led Qatar to the formation of alliances with other powers in order to strengthen its economy and military, and thereby to mitigate the consequences of the embargo. In order to understand and validate the political behavior of alliances in the GCC, the researcher refers to Walt's threat theory and examines how Qatar in particular has adopted balance with other alliances and at times chosen bandwagon with the dominant powers to resist the threats. In addition, the thesis follows a qualitative method for the collection of data and analysis of details that supports the research on the changing regional order of the GCC states. The thesis throws light on the political uncertainty and the economic volatility that affected the instability of the GCC. It explores the historical linkage of the crisis dynamics of these states, including ones such as the long lasted territorial disputes, and the ideological differences associated with the Arab Spring movement etc. It exposes the hegemonic and personalized objectives of the Saudi led coalition that took stringent measures against Qatar and caused the Gulf crisis. It brings out the involvement of the US with Saudi Arabia and the UAE that intensified the crisis of 2017 which was caused by the personalized ambitions of the Trump administration, and the vested objectives of the US for the alliance with the GCC. The thesis also analyzes how the diplomatic rift impacted the GCC's political and economic atmosphere, and examines how Qatar is undergoing the stringent sanctions imposed by its neighbours by adopting resilient measures that strengthen the country to achieve self-reliance in various levels.
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