There are some similarities between Gulf countries in how they are dealing with the drop in oil prices, but it would be a mistake to think of them as identical.
Oil-rich states generally become more belligerent when oil prices are high and more peaceful when prices are low. But the news is not all good.
The addition of a resource war dynamic in the midst of the already significant ideological and sectarian cleavages in Iraq and Syria is hardly welcome news.
Contrary to the myth, OPEC has almost no impact on oil prices.
Jeff Colgan argues that OPEC has become a political club with little influence on energy markets.