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Cover to Cover
today, July 16, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
on his book
Qatar and the Gulf Crisis
. Dr. Ulrichsen is a Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Program.
In 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, launching an economic blockade by land, air, and sea. Well into its second year, the standoff in the Gulf has no realistic end in sight. With the Bahraini and Emirati criminalization of expressing support for Qatar, and the Saudi labelling of detainees as ‘traitors’ for their alleged Qatari links, bitterness has been stoked between deeply interconnected peoples. The adviser to the Saudi crown prince advocating a moat to physically separate Qatar from the Arabian Peninsula illustrates the ongoing intensity of the crisis. Ulrichsen offers an authoritative study of this international standoff, from both sides.