In the past 20 years, it was not 9/11 that shook the close ties between Washington and Riyadh.
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen is Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
For now, it seems bilateral reconciliation efforts in the GCC are proceeding, albeit at various speeds.
The WTO ruling in favour of Qatar’s claims against Saudi Arabia could push forward efforts for a reconciliation.
Despite the US-Iran escalation, there seem to be more opportunities for engagement in the Gulf than a year ago.