Saudi Arabia and Qatar: An Ugly Breakup or a Romantic Tragedy?

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The 2017 Qatari crisis began when Saudi Arabia and its allies abruptly cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar in June. Ambassadors were withdrawn and trade and travel bans were imposed. The Saudi led blockade against Qatar cited Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism as one of its main reasons, insisting that Qatar violated a 2014 agreement with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The sudden rivalry between close allies stunned the world, but this has been years in the making. Qatar has strategically been preparing to detach itself from Saudi dominance and the desire for independence and regional power has motivated Qatar to be something other than Saudi’s vassal.

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