Episode #21

How the GCC states balance the US and China, and why the Gulf may prefer Trump over Biden

Al-Monitor contributor Sebastian Castelier discusses how the Gulf states balance their ties with both the US and China; why the GCC may prefer a Trump victory in the US presidential election; the impact of the Gulf economic downturn on migrant workers; the potential and limits of Israel’s normalization agreements with the UAE and Bahrain; the ‘lost opportunity’ of the GCC rail project and how repairing the Gulf rift would benefit the region; the prospects for Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030; change and reform in Oman and Kuwait; and the prospects for universal basic income in the Gulf.

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