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The Palestinian Arena and Qatar Crisis

The Palestinian Arena and Qatar Crisis Categories: Gulf states, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Kobi Michael and Yoel Guzansky

The foreign policy of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman - has never been a model of cooperation and unity. Even the dramatic severing of relations with Qatar and closing the aerial, territorial, and naval s

Qatar and the Mideast "Game of Camps"

Qatar and the Mideast "Game of Camps" Categories: Gulf states, Middle East     Author: Eran Lerman

In the Middle East "game of camps", the Qataris have been playing a dangerous game for years. They have provocatively supported the Muslim Brotherhood and actively promoted the destabilisation of existing regimes, using huge sums of money as well as the pernicious influence of Al Jazeera TV. The dra

Power Play

Power Play Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Gaza, the narrow, overcrowded, and destitute coastal strip wedged between Egypt and Israel is thirsting for power and light: physically, politically, and psychologically. The physical crisis is about the strip's lone power station's fuel, which ran out in April due to intensifying tension between H

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Cold War over Qatar

Cold War over Qatar Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Matthew Brodsky

In a region where inter-Arab politics is frequently described as a zero-sum game, Qatar suddenly finds itself on the outside looking in. Recent analysis has tended to over-focus on the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, but a closer look reveals that the camel has suffered from chronic il

Video/Audio: Colin Rubenstein on Qatar/Arab States row and use of Al-Jazeera in Australian media Categories: Australasia, Gulf states, Hamas, Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Multimedia, Saudi Arabia, Updates    

Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein appeared on The Bolt Report on Sky News Australia, discussing why seven Arab countries to have cut ties with Qatar and why the ABC and SBS are wrong to use content sourced from Al-Jazeera, among other topics. This post contains two short video excerpts and aud

Gulf splits with Qatar: What this means for the region – and for the love affair Australia’s ABC and SBS have with Al-Jazeera

Gulf splits with Qatar: What this means for the region – and for the love affair Australia’s ABC and SBS have with Al-Jazeera Categories: Gulf states, Islamic Extremism, Media/ Academia, Saudi Arabia, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In a dramatic move, on June 5 Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives announced they were all severing diplomatic relations with Qatar over its support for terrorist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, as well as for its close ties to Iran

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Behind the News - December 2016

Behind the News - December 2016 Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

With Ismail Haniyeh set to replace Khaled Mashaal as head of Hamas' political bureau in Qatar, reclusive Hamas official Imad al-Alami has reportedly been temporarily appointed to take over from Haniyeh in leading the terror group in Gaza. Born in Gaza, al-Alami lived for several years in Teheran an

Al Jazeera reaps what it sows

Al Jazeera reaps what it sows Categories: Gulf states, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Eyal Zisser

Al Jazeera is in trouble. After two decades in which it enjoyed unconstrained rule over the Arab media and presented a threat to plenty of Arab regimes - mostly the moderate, pro-Western ones - the Qatari television channel finds itself in difficulties. 

Taking Gaza poverty to the bank

Taking Gaza poverty to the bank Categories: Gulf states, Palestinians     Author: Avi Issacharoff

Muhammad Al-Amadi, a Qatari envoy charged with overseeing the emirate's funding of Gaza's rebuilding, recently inaugurated a new neighbourhood near Khan Younis in the southern Strip, completely paid for by his country. "Hamad City", named in honour of the father of the current ruler of Qatar, consti

Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation”

Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation” Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The events of the so-called "Arab Spring", the chaos that ensued and the wars raging in Syria and Iraq, have highlighted to the world some of the structural and deeply-embedded governance deficiencies in Arab countries, and the related problems of under-development. It appears that some voices withi

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