What does Saudi-Qatar reconciliation signal for the Biden administration?

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 5, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

This week, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf state allies ended their diplomatic and economic blockade against Qatar with little to show for it. Bruce Riedel explains why the Saudis may be rethinking some of their policies with the departure of President Trump, and how reconciliation amongst the Gulf states will affect the Biden administration’s regional goals, including restoration of a working relationship with Iran.

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