Qatar Crisis Leads to Trouble in Sports

December 01, 2017

The FIFA World Cup is not the only problem when it comes to the Qatar crisis. The Gulf crisis is the least of Qatar’s problems when it comes to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Beyond the fact that other Gulf states have sought to discredit Qatar as a host long before the diplomatic and boycott was...

Qatar Crisis Broadens Definitions of Food Security

October 23, 2017

The Qatar crisis has showed that size is no longer the only factor that determines a state’s ability to chart an independent course. Food security has taken on a new dimension in the Qatar crisis. The standoff pits an Emirati-Saudi alliance against Qatar, and there appears to be no end in...

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...

The Snail in the Arms Race

August 13, 2017

The Gulf crisis has produced a combination of snail-pace social change and a dangerous arms race. A two-month-old crisis pitting Qatar against an alliance led by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is proving to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it has revived momentum for...

Gulf Media Wars Produce Losers, Not Winners

August 09, 2017

To many, the dispute in the Gulf amounts to the pot blaming the kettle and twisting the truth to serve rival narratives. Feuding Gulf states that have pumped millions of dollars into public diplomacy appear to have done better in damaging the reputations of their detractors than in polishing...

Managing Reputations in the Gulf

July 29, 2017

The media and public diplomacy war between Qatar and its Gulf detractors is escalating. Expect to see some hidden skeletons revealed. Lurking below the surface of the Gulf crisis are rival, yet troubled attempts by Qatar and its detractors to use sports to boost soft power and/or launder...

Fake News Shines Spotlight on Psychological Warfare

July 19, 2017

Aside from the fake news stories, the UAE and Qatar have been at it for a while. Revelations about two incidents of Gulf-related fake news shine a spotlight on a long-standing psychological war between the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as both states’ seemingly repeated and competing...

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The Gulf Crisis: Southeast Asia Has Seen It All Before

July 01, 2017

In Southeast Asia, no country had the ambition or ruthlessness of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Two competing visions of ensuring regime survival are battling it out in the Gulf. To Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Arab Uprisings of 2011 — which toppled autocratic leaders in four...

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Gulf Demands Closure of Al Jazeera

June 23, 2017

Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s demands of Qatar constitute an effort to rewrite the rules of international relations that uphold the sovereignty of nations. A list of 13 conditions for lifting the Saudi and Emirati-led embargo of Qatar offers a first taste of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin...

The Not So Cooperative Gulf Cooperation Council

June 06, 2017

The situation for Qatar is precarious, says former US Ambassador Gary Grappo. Its best bet may be diplomatic intervention by a friendly neutral state. Barely two weeks after Saudi Arabia provided the dazzling stage for the great gathering of Arab and Muslim nations to come together for a new...

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