The Gulf Crisis: What Next for the Region and Beyond?
Peter Salisbury, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Dr Sanam Vakil, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
On 5 June, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, citing Doha's alleged support for extremist groups, the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran. The four countries also sealed their borders off to Qatar including airspace and naval territory. Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have said they will deport Qatari citizens if they do not leave the Gulf States within two weeks of the ban being announced. Donald Trump has signalled support for the move, describing Qatar as 'a funder of terrorism at a very high level'.
Doha is under pressure but Qatar is also home to the largest US military base in the Middle East, and western companies have invested tens of billions of dollars in its lucrative gas export sector, while Qatar itself has is a multi-billion dollar foreign investor in western nations. Our speakers will analyse the root causes of, and likely outcome from, the biggest crisis the Gulf Cooperation Council has faced in its 36-year history. What implications will the crisis have for the region and beyond?
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