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Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris: Will the Gulf states follow suit?

Al-Sarihi, Aisha (2017) Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris: Will the Gulf states follow suit? Middle East Centre Blog (09 Jun 2017). Website.

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Scientists suggest that the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement would warm the global average surface temperature by 3.6 degrees Celsius by 2100 compared to pre-industrial levels, almost double the targeted 2 degrees. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Agreement has been criticised both from inside and outside the US, including by Iran amongst others. Meanwhile, other countries, like members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have chosen to remain silent. Just days after the announcement, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain launched an attack on Qatar, escalating diplomatic tension amongst the GCC members. They accuse Qatar of allying with the ‘enemies’, notably Iran. While GCC tension towards Iran has historical roots, the recent visit by President Trump to Saudi Arabia bolstered the support for isolating Iran. This crisis has already revealed division amongst Gulf countries, with the UAE and Bahrain backing Saudi Arabia in isolating Qatar, and Oman and Kuwait playing a neutral role.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s)
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 13:46
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 09:08

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