The Qatar Crisis: Nine Months On
Nine months ago, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar, citing Doha's alleged support for Iran and extremist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. Since then, a lot has happened and, simultaneously, nothing has changed. The blockade remains in place, Qatar and its neighbours exchange tit-for-tat accusations on a regular basis and Western officials seeking a path to mediation are regularly rebuffed. With the countries involved looking for an edge in the dispute, hoping to force their foreign partners to pick a side, Saudi Arabia and the UAE will be pleased by the replacement of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - who urged a diplomatic solution to the dispute - with current CIA chief Mike Pompeo, a noted Iran hawk thought to be closely aligned with the two Gulf states.
Peter Salisbury will discuss how the crisis has developed over the last nine months. As most key economic partners have continued to trade with Doha, how heavily has Qatar's economy been affected by the blockade? Is there any chance of commercial or trading relationship being established between the bloc and Qatar? And how long can we expect the crisis to continue?
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