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Sudan’s foreign policy predicament in the context of the GCC diplomatic rift
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The chapter examines the Sudanese government’s predicament from the ongoing GCC squabble. It discusses the underlying political and economic forces that shape relations between Sudan and major countries in the Quartet and Qatar. It explores issues of divergence in the GCC ongoing diplomatic dispute and the significance of Qatari support for president Al-Beshir Islamist regime. In this context; the paper looks into the bleak outlook of the Sudanese economy following the separation of Southern Sudan in 2011. It debates the internal and external factors that feed into the National Salvation Revolution (NSR); and the post NSR transitional government foreign policies towards the Gulf crisis. The chapter contends Sudanese foreign policy is profoundly influenced by challenging internal and external factors related to the Gulf dispute. Neutrality in regional issues is a traditional stance in Sudan foreign policy in the past; which is an ideal direction taking into accounts its geopolitical context. The current GCC crisis sheds light on the internal political crisis; the absence of consensus in policy making; and the ability of external actors to influence change exploiting political and economic weakness. The paper discusses the intriguing personal relations between policymakers in the Gulf and Sudan which also play a central role in the Sudanese military involvement in Yemen Conflict.

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