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Jasmine M. El-Gamal

Jasmine M. El-Gamal is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.

Is Arab unity dead?

Published On: September 15, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Jasmine M. El-Gamal

BEIRUT – Historically, the task of promoting multilateralism in the Middle East has rested with two institutions: the League of Arab States, a broad alliance for collaboration on political, economic, and cultural issues, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which deals mainly with economic matters. Despite the differences in their history, focus, and membership, both bodies were intended to serve as vehicles for ensuring Arab unity on crucial issues—such as opposing Israel—and avoiding conflict among member states.