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Same same but different: The GCC continues to clash over Islamists

Freer, Courtney (2017) Same same but different: The GCC continues to clash over Islamists. Middle East Centre Blog (06 Jun 2017). Website.

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The latest intra-GCC row between Qatar and its neighbours differs in intensity than the previous 2014 row, yet not in root cause. In both cases, Qatar’s support, whether tacit or active, of Islamist groups in the Middle East, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, has led to its alienation from its neighbours, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The hacking of Qatar News Agency (QNA) late last month, which led to the posting of pro-Iranian rhetoric from Qatar’s Emir was used as the initial reason by several GCC countries for isolating the state once again, even though it is fairly certain that the statement was never made. No Arab ruler, even one who shares a gas field with the Islamic Republic, would publicly dub Iran ‘an Islamic power’, especially immediately following Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia which garnered support for isolating Iran. Further calling into question the veracity of claims that the statements are legitimate, Sheikh Tamim did not speak at the graduation ceremony for army recruits which is cited as the source of the statements.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s)
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 14:05
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 09:08

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