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The Legal Routes for Resolving the Gulf Crisis

The Legal Routes for Resolving the Gulf Crisis

Since 2017, the blockade of Qatar has continued to have a profound impact on the country. Transportation routes have been disrupted, supply chains have been altered, and family and friends remain separated. In response, the Gulf state has deployed various legal mechanisms to resolve the ongoing...

Qatar Changes Its Stance on China’s Uighurs

Qatar Changes Its Stance on China’s Uighurs

In July, a group of 37 countries, including all six Gulf Cooperation Council member states, expressed support for China's policies in Xinjiang. The following month, Qatar became the first Arab country to remove its name from the list of countries supporting Beijing's treatment of Uighur Muslims.

Saudi Arabia Turns Qatar into an Island

Saudi Arabia Turns Qatar into an Island

Qatari conservatism is likely what Prince Mohammed would like to achieve, even if that is something he is unlikely to admit. There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the-face aspect to a Saudi plan of turning Qatar into an island. In the latest episode of the Qatar crisis, Riyadh intends to dig...

Israel and Gulf States Move Closer, But…

Israel and Gulf States Move Closer, But…

Any breakthrough in relations remains unlikely in the short- to medium-term amid hostile Arab public opinion and a lack of progress on the Palestinian issue. Relations between Israel and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, with the exception of Kuwait, have improved in recent years as their...

Natural Gas: The Driver of Saudi Hostility Toward Iran and Qatar

Natural Gas: The Driver of Saudi Hostility Toward Iran and Qatar

The existential threat that Iran poses to Saudi Arabia goes far beyond the fact that the Islamic republic challenges Saudi monarchical rule. Hostility between Saudi Arabia and Iran is about lots of things, especially over who will have the upper hand in a swath of land stretching from Central...

The Qatar Crisis Is Like a Game of Chess

The Qatar Crisis Is Like a Game of Chess

The Qatar crisis, even without Turkey joining the fray, was putting fragile peace arrangements in the Horn of Africa at risk. The Qatar crisis has expanded to the Horn Africa, potentially fueling simmering regional conflicts. Renewed fears of heightened tension in the Horn — a region...

Qatar Crisis Leads to Trouble in Sports

Qatar Crisis Leads to Trouble in Sports

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

Qatar Crisis Broadens Definitions of Food Security

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

Social Effects of the Qatar Crisis

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

The Snail in the Arms Race

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

Gulf Media Wars Produce Losers, Not Winners

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...

Qatar Confuses the West With Record Neymar Deal

Qatar Confuses the West With Record Neymar Deal

Qatar is playing simultaneously on both sides of the global pitch, leaving Westerners unable to decide if it’s a friend or foe. The record-breaking move of Brazilian football superstar Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain likely would not have been possible...

The Tortured Politics Behind the Persian Gulf Crisis

The Tortured Politics Behind the Persian Gulf Crisis

Saudi Arabia's puzzling effort to blacklist its tiny neighbor Qatar begs the question of who's really isolated in the Gulf. The splintering of the powerful Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) into warring camps — with Qatar, supported by Turkey and Iran, on one side, and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and...

Managing Reputations in the Gulf

Managing Reputations in the Gulf

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

Fake News Shines Spotlight on Psychological Warfare

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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