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Monarchies struggle with the complexities of their near abroad

The efforts by Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states to manage their ‘near abroad’ continue to cause difficulties and political trouble. GSN has been talking to senior players and well-placed analysts in a number of the region’s neighbours to gauge how the Gulf states – particularly Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar – are perceived, where their policies are working and where they are failing.The situation is distinctly mixed, with the influence of GCC states often far more circumscribed and limited than they would care to acknowledge.

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