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The Gulf Goes Global: the evolving role of Gulf countries in the Middle East and North Africa and beyond

By Kristian Coates Ulrichsen (19/12/2013) Working Paper
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As the turmoil across the Middle East and North Africa enters its fourth year, the role of Gulf countries in influencing the processes of change in the region has evolved substantially. Rapidly-rising oil prices prior to the Arab spring and changes to the global economy after the financial crisis enabled the Gulf to become a far more visible participant in economic globalisation. While the task of finding common ground and operating procedures may be challenging, it is critical if Western organisations are to retain influence and relevance. International actors will need to absorb and accommodate the views of Gulf countries, and find new ways to develop deeper partnerships.

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