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President Barack Obama visited Saudi Arabia at a critical moment for the country.The kingdom perceives the Brotherhood's influence in Arab countries, particularly the Gulf states, as a serious threat to its internal stability and survival.Saudi Arabia's attitude toward Qatar may generate some difficulties for its own policy.Other GCC states, eager to avoid escalating political tensions in their own countries, are unlikely to declare it a terrorist organization.For the time being, harsh policies toward the Muslim Brotherhood are likely to be confined to Egypt and Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia's imposition of its preferred policies on the GCC, together with the possibility of sanctions on Qatar, risks jeopardizing all that the GCC (which already has fallen into political decline in the wake of the Arab Spring) has achieved over the past 33 years.Although Qatar's rulers are concerned about the kingdom's growing antipathy toward them, they have shown no indications of submitting to Saudi demands that they change course. The sudden rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and the UAE resulted not from the attractiveness of Saudi policy, but from their rulers' shared perception that there is a dearth of political options.
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