Social effects of the Qatar crisis

Social effects of the Qatar crisis

While the political dimensions of the four-month-old Qatar crisis have been analyzed at length – and largely echo those of the Council’s 2014 rift – there has been less scrutiny of the row’s social impact. The social ramifications mirror the ongoing...
Pakistan and Qatar: constraints and dilemmas

Pakistan and Qatar: constraints and dilemmas

Since June 5, 2017, Pakistan has faced what amounts to a Hobson’s choice. Saudi Arabia has been asking its fellow Sunni Muslim ally: “Are you with Qatar or with us?” While Islamabad has expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia and its people, and has always upheld the...
Who’s actually in Qatar?

Who’s actually in Qatar?

The latest scandal in the ongoing Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis revealed email leaks from Emirati Ambassador to the United States Yousif al-Otaiba about his country’s desire to host an embassy for the Taliban. The week prior to this revelation, Abu Dhabi’s...
Is a fixed peg a fact of life in the GCC

Is a fixed peg a fact of life in the GCC

Authorities have been managing the quoted interest rate since the 2008/2009 financial crisis. And for many, positive interest rates have not created much of a concern. Prior to 2008, a different world existed with positive interest rates. One characteristic of the...