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I left with a better appreciation of the domestic, regional and global developments that have pushed the GCC into its new orbit of concern and vulnerability. But I also have more questions than answers about the perceived threats and whether war in Yemen is the most effective way of dealing with them.There is no question that a new set of leaders at the middle and upper echelons of state authority in the GCC have embarked on a radically different way of dealing with the regional threats they perceive. What remains unanswered is the equally important question of whether the GCC's new militarism will respond to the long list of perceived troubling regional threats as well as to its need to assert itself as a dynamic, strong actor capable of safeguarding its own national interests.
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