Courtney Freer

Courtney Freer is a research officer for the Kuwait Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an advisor at Gulf State Analytics in Washington, DC. Her work focuses on the domestic politics of Gulf Arab states, with a particular focus on Islamism and tribalism.

Social Effects of the Qatar Crisis

October 16, 2017

The social effects of the Qatar crisis make it increasingly difficult to resolve. While the political dimensions of the four-month-old Qatar crisis have been analyzed at length — and largely echo those of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) 2014 rift — there has been less scrutiny of the row’s social...

Who’s Hiding in Qatar?

August 16, 2017

Qatar’s taking in of political refugees is not evidence of ideological affinity, but rather of a desire to expand influence regionally and internationally. The latest scandal in the ongoing Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis revealed email leaks from Emirati Ambassador to the United States Yousif al-Otaiba about his country’s desire...