Qatar and the Gulf Crisis: A Study of Resilience Hardcover




Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, and Egypt broke diplomatic relations with Qatar in 2017, launching a ground, air, and sea-based economic blockade. The self-proclaimed’ Anti-Terror Quartet’ offered maximalist demands: thirteen’ conditions’ which remind Serbia of the 1914 ultimatum of Austria-Hungary. They may have also wanted to take military action.


Well into its second year there is no immediate end in sight to the standoff in the Gulf. With the criminalization of Bahraini and Emirati voicing support for Qatar and the Saudi labeling of prisoners as’ traitors’ for their supposed Qatari ties, animosity has been fuelled among profoundly intertwined populations. The Saudi crown prince advisor proposing a moat to physically isolate Qatar from the Arab Peninsula shows the continuing strength–and irrationality–of the crisis.


Many of these developments ‘ coverage and analysis centered on global geopolitics concerns and described the standoff as to its effect on (mostly) Western interests. Consideration of how Qatari leadership and people reacted to the blockade is lost in this thicket of commentary. As the 2022 FIFA World Cup draws closer, awareness of the ongoing Qatar crisis is becoming more relevant. Ulrichsen provides authoritative analysis, from both sides, of this foreign standoff.


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