Can the Quartet Eject Qatari Influence from Gaza?

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by Giorgio Cafiero In early July, Mohammed Dahlan and a Hamas delegation led by Yahya Sinwar held an important meeting in Cairo. While in the Egyptian capital, Fatah’s former security chief in Gaza, who has been living in exile in… Continue Reading  

The Gulf Crisis Settles into a Family Squabble

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by James M. Dorsey A three-month old crisis in the Gulf that has pitted Qatar against an alliance led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia has settled into a family squabble in which the protagonists appear to be singing different… Continue Reading  

Was Emir Tamim’s Speech a Turning Point in the Qatar Crisis?

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by Giorgio Cafiero On July 21, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani delivered his first speech since the “quartet” – Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – severed ties with Doha last month. In… Continue Reading  

The Gulf Crisis: Secondary Effects

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by James Spencer There is a putative Chinese curse: “may you live in interesting times.” It’s especially the case where the markets are concerned. Markets hate instability, and yet that is exactly what they have experienced this past week in… Continue Reading  

Russia and the Qatar Crisis

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by Mark N. Katz According to some U.S. government officials, Russia has played a key role in the recent breakdown of relations between Qatar on the one hand and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and their dependents (such as Bahrain,… Continue Reading