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A black-and-white depiction of Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, attracts signatures and comments of support amid a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and neighboring Arab countries, Doha, Qatar, July 3, 2017 (AP photo by Maggie Hyde).

As Stalemate in the Gulf Crisis Continues, the Costs for the Region Grow

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017

After two months, the crisis between Qatar and its larger Gulf neighbors shows no signs of resolution. The stalemate may endure for some time, with significant costs to all parties. But it’s worth considering other possible outcomes and how to avoid or encourage those alternatives.

In early June, the Arab Gulf region was roiled when Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with Bahrain and Egypt, launched an aggressive political and economic attack on Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism, engaging Iran and undermining stability in the region through its sponsorship of Al Jazeera, the feisty media operation based in Doha. The four countries initiated a precedent-setting blockade of the small island state, disrupting the region’s partly integrated trade, labor and social networks. ...

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