Israel: A strategic partner for the UAE?

Israel: A strategic partner for the UAE?

Despite the city of Dubai’s remarkable success in transforming herself into a sprawling western-style financial hub, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) faced its most significant diplomatic crisis to-date in 2006. As American lawmakers sought to challenge the Bush...
Qatar rides out the blockade

Qatar rides out the blockade

The air, land and sea blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt – otherwise known as the Quartet – has significantly impacted Qatar’s economy, but not nearly as much as the four had both hoped for and expected....
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...