August 23, 2017

How Egypt Wound Up in the Center of a Gulf Cooperation Council Dispute on Qatar

Abdel Fattah al Sisi
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt is at the ideological center of the ongoing dispute between Qatar and its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Since the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, Egypt has been a bellwether for both political and economic reform in the wider Middle East and North Africa. It is also the focal point of experimental efforts of the gulf states to exercise policies of financial and political intervention. How the current GCC crisis unfolds in Egypt can tell us much about the new norms of foreign intervention ­— whether economic, political or military — in the region.

Read the full article on The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage.

Karen E. Young is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.