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The GCC stunned by Qatar's suicidal hardheadedness

Saudi Arabia and its allies have presented Qatar with a list of 13 wide-ranging demands to meet, as conditions to end a now three-week long blockade …

Will the GCC crisis be resolved soon?

Statements by Qatar's Sheikh Tamim and UAE and US officials signal a potential resolution of the crisis.<p>A string of rapid-fire developments this weekend in Qatar, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates will likely mark this as the turning point that nudged the seven-week-old GCC crisis …

What is the Qatar-GCC showdown really about?

Was Trump duped? Is Qatar guilty?<p>US President Donald Trump's recent statements and tweets on the Middle East have puzzled US friends and foes alike by threatening further escalation of regional conflicts.<p>Last year, he said that he would "seek harmony" in the Middle East as US commander-in-chief. …

Is the Qatar Crisis Veering Out of America’s Control?

<i>This article first appeared on the Atlantic Council site.</i><p>A month later and the Saudi-led decision to blockade Qatar is escalating tensions in the …

Opinion: Autocracy versus pluralism in the Qatar crisis

Saudi Arabia has yet to present a single reasonable argument in its row with Qatar, says Kersten Knipp. Serious power interests are at stake – as is, …

Qatar crisis is a mess the Middle East could do without

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Middle East is not short on crisis. Syria remains engulfed by wars and the worst humanitarian disaster since World War II.<p>Iraq faces conflict with ISIS over Mosul, with thousands displaced and a referendum looming over the Kurdish regions.<p>In Yemen, 18.8 million are in need of aid, …

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Qatar Punched Above Its Weight. Now It’s Paying the Price.

Despite shrill rhetoric and a punishing embargo, rising tensions in the Persian Gulf do not threaten to pile another war onto a conflict-ridden Middle East. The dispute between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on one side and Qatar on the other is of long standing and — hyperbolic …

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The blockade on Qatar is a smokescreen. Here’s what’s behind it.

<i>Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani is Qatar’s ambassador to the United States.</i><p>Today is Day 18 of the diplomatic, economic and social blockade of Qatar by several of its Arab neighbors, and so far, no conditions for the lifting of the blockade have been presented to us. On Tuesday, State Department …

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