The Long Shadow of the Gulf Crisis: Qatar Emerges as Key Player in Gaza Crisis

Dug in for the long haul in its increasingly bitter dispute with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Qatar is emerging as a key player in efforts to prevent tension between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, from spinning out of control. Qatar’s increasing role counters Saudi and UAE efforts to …

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani © Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace / Reuters

Turkey & Qatar Are Being Punished for Refusing to do Washington’s Bidding on Iran

For years, Turkey and Qatar were at the vanguard of the Western imperial project in the Middle East. Having had their fingers burnt in Syria, however, they’re refusing to facilitate Washington’s Iran plans – and paying the price. Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia in May last year – his first foreign trip as president – …

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Turkey’s Financial Crisis Raises Questions About China’s Debt-Driven Development Model

Financial injections by Qatar and possibly China may resolve Turkey’s immediate economic crisis, aggravated by a politics-driven trade war with the United States, but are unlikely to resolve the country’s structural problems, fuelled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s counterintuitive interest rate theories. The latest crisis in Turkey’s boom-bust economy raises questions about a development model …

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Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (L) and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting after an official welcoming ceremony at Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey, on August 15, 2018. Photo: AFP/Murat Kula/Anadolu Agency

Riding on Qatari Wings, Multipolarity Arrives in the Middle East

Trust Turkey’s Recep Erdogan to have had a game plan when he challenged the Trump administration and promised that the latter will regret its “unilateralist” policies. Some pundits thought Russia and China have been inciting him and are lurking in the shadows to escort Erdogan to a brave new world. Others fancied that the Eurasian …

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Yemen War Challenges Saudi Moral Authority

Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and Israel, and his often coercive approach to diplomatic relations, has opened the door to challenges of the kingdom’s moral leadership of the Sunni Muslim world, a legitimizing pillar of the ruling Al Saud family’s …

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The Persian Gulf: What Lies Beneath One Particular Event

The online news publication The Intercept referred to their sources in diplomatic circles in its reports that Arabic countries lobbied to have Rex Tillerson removed from his post as the US Secretary of State because they were not happy with his work. According to information leaked to the press, the US Secretary of State irritated …

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Saudi Arabia Planned to Invade Qatar Last Summer. Rex Tillerson’s Efforts to Stop It May Have Cost Him His Job

Thirteen hours before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson learned from the presidential Twitter feed that he was being fired, he did something that President Donald Trump had been unwilling to do. Following a phone call with his British counterpart, Tillerson condemned a deadly nerve agent attack in the U.K., saying that he had “full confidence …

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attend the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait City on 5 December 2017 (AFP)

Trump’s ‘Arab NATO’ Idea Is Doomed to Fail

The United States is reportedly floating plans for a new security alliance with six Gulf Arab states, alongside Jordan and Egypt, to counter Iran's growing presence in the region. Provisionally named the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), some have dubbed it an “Arab NATO” of Sunni Muslim allies. “MESA will serve as a bulwark against …

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Trouble in Sport Paradise: Can Qatar Overcome the Diplomatic Crisis?

A Different Demography The UAE­-Saudi­-led economic and diplomatic boycott of Qatar complicates the Gulf state’s preparations to host the 2022 World Cup, but in no way has the event been derailed. The importation of construction materials needed to build eight stadiums, lay dozens of miles of rail work and erect a brand new city may …

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