Hussein Ibish is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, D.C. He is also a weekly columnist for The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi and a monthly contributing writer for the International New York Times. Ibish is the author of What’s Wrong with the One-State Agenda? Why Ending the Occupation and Peace with Israel is Still the Palestinian National Goal (The American Task Force on Palestine, 2009).

It is to discuss the ongoing diplomatic crisis involving Qatar, the conditions for its resolution, and the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council, that Diwan spoke with Ibish on his recent visit to Beirut in early June.

The interview was organized and filmed by Carnegie Web Coordinator Ghida Tayara.