A protest outside Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Istanbul about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
UK and US relations with Saudi Arabia were already under serious scrutiny – even before the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist.
Nearly all of Qatar’s residents live in its capital, Doha.
Doha skyline via www.shutterstock.com
Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a group of countries that have severed all ties to fellow American ally Qatar over its foreign policy. The US will play a key role in whether it accedes to their demands.
US and Gulf Cooperation Council forces conduct field training, in Kuwait in 2017.
U.S. Army, Francis O'Brien/
The ongoing diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia has isolated Qatar from the rest of the Middle East while also undermining the anti-Iran alliance among the Gulf countries.
The skyline of Doha, Qatar.
Gregory Hawken Kramer
Qatar has used its wealth to adopt policies sometimes rivaling Saudi Arabia’s. Think, for example, of the popular Al-Jazeera. Now the Saudis seem determined to limit Qatari influence as much as possible.
The interventionist foreign policy of the Gulf states is increasingly at odds with their economic security.
Syria and IS may have dominated the news this year, but the Middle East has plenty of other problems on its hands.
Don’t worry, I’m sure the others’ll be here soon.
When is a coalition not a coalition? When you don't tell the founding members they're in it.
Steve Crisp / Reuters
We can live comfortably and sustainably in hot places – but we'll have to ditch the glassy skyscrapers.
Temperatures are set to rocket throughout the 21st century, but design lessons from history could help the gulf states stay cool.
Pristine Dubai is apparently no place for displaced Syrians.
By refusing to take in Syrian refugees, the Gulf States' governments prove they don't care much about the humanitarian crisis on their doorstep.