• P. R. Kumaraswamy
  • Muddassir Quamar
  • Manjari Singh
Part of the Persian Gulf book series (PEGU)


The year 2017 was the toughest year for the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) comprising Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE since its founding in 1981. While internal differences were not uncommon, in June, they resulted in the three member countries led by Saudi Arabia on imposing a political, diplomatic, and economic boycott upon the fourth member, Qatar. The gas-rich tiny Emirate was accused of funding terrorism, harbouring extremism, and interfering in the internal affairs of its neighbours, and thereby destabilizing them. These charges were severe and if Qatar adopted a defiant position, meagre efforts by Kuwait proved unsuccessful in minimizing the tension. The wide split within the GCC led to the fear of ending of the most successful and envious regional economic bloc in the world. India has huge stakes in the GCC and about 8.5 million its citizens are gainfully employed in the GCC countries, including Qatar. The initial fears of a major evacuation of its nationals soon subsided and aware of the delicacy of the situation, India settled for a balanced policy and hoped for a ‘swift’ resolution of the crisis through mutual consultations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. R. Kumaraswamy
    • 1
  • Muddassir Quamar
    • 2
  • Manjari Singh
    • 3
  1. 1.School of International Studies, CWASJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Institute for Defence Studies & AnalysesNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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