The Legal Routes for Resolving the Gulf Crisis

June 09, 2020

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

October 03, 2019

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

April 16, 2018

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…

March 30, 2018

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

March 27, 2018

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

January 10, 2018

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

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...

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