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Saudi Arabia's New Succession Plan Shakes Up the Middle East - YaleGlobal Online

LONDON: Two weeks after US President Donald Trump's trip to Riyadh and his address to a gathering of 50 leaders of Arab and other Muslim states, a diplomatic earthquake struck the oil-rich Persian Gulf region, and aftershocks could reach far beyond the ...and more »

Qatar: Big lessons from a small country - The Straits Times

Qatar's experience reminds Singapore of the need for small states to behave like small states, and to cherish regional and international institutions. As a long-time student of geopolitics (for over 46 years), I am rarely surprised by geopolitical ...and more »

New batch of Turkish troops arrives in Qatar -

Qatar's ministry of defence has announced the arrival of a new group of Turkish armed forces to the military base where Turkey began its training mission last week. The forces are set to take part in joint exercises within the framework of a defence ...and more »

Qatar's isolation disrupts regional research - Nature Middle East

Weill Cornell Medicine The recent decision by Arab states to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar has cast a chill on growing research collaborations in a region trying to shift away from a dependency on oil to knowledge-based economies. The dispute has left ...and more »

Turkey urges 'respect of Qatar rights' to end Gulf rift -

Turkey has said that the rights of Qatar should be respected in resolving an escalating dispute between Doha and its neighbours. "The current issues between the (Gulf) countries, who are brothers, must be resolved soon on the basis of a sincere ...and more »

There's No Space for Qatar to Save Face - Foreign Policy (blog)

Last week, Saudi Arabia and its allies outlined their list of demands that Qatar would need to fulfill in order to end the worst crisis in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) since its establishment in 1981. The 13 demands, confirmed by multiple Gulf ...and more »

Is Al Jazeera at the heart of the GCC crisis? -

We begin this week with a look at ourselves - the Al Jazeera Media Network - which is at the heart of the current diplomatic showdown in the Gulf. A Saudi-led coalition of countries, backed by US President Donald Trump, is demanding Qatar's government ...and more »

Qatar rejects deadline demands, saying it does not fear military action - The Guardian

Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani rejects demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. Associated Press. Sat 1 Jul 2017 20.59 EDT Last modified on Sun 4 Mar 2018 07.45 EST. Share on Facebook ...and more »

How Can the Qatar Crisis Be Resolved? - The New Yorker

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain imposed a stunningly aggressive blockade on Qatar, the small but wealthy Gulf emirate. Last week, after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the blockading coalition to be ...and more »

The Muslim Brotherhood Is the Root of the Qatar Crisis - The Atlantic

Monday marks the end of the 10 days that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt gave Qatar to comply with 13 far-reaching demands. For starters, Qatar is being told to cut off relations with Iran, shutter Al Jazeera, and stop ...and more »