Crisis on June 6, 2017
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain all cut diplomatic ties and travel to Qatar on June 5th, and were quickly joined by Libya, Yemen, and the Maldives on June 6th. This move will lead to the removal of diplomats and embassies, and the travel restrictions prohibit air, water, or land travel between any of the nations and Qatar. This decision came after the claim that Qatar has been funding terrorists in both Iran and Israel. President Trump supported Saudi Arabia’s decision via Twitter. LEARN MORE
Saudi Arabia, while similar to Qatar in many ways, frequently suffers from criticisms from Qatar-funded news outlet Al Jazeera. This sort of press freedom could hinder the power of many regimes in the region. Furthermore, there are many baseless claims against Qatar and its alleged funding of terrorists in the Middle East. These allegations were only further perpetuated by President Trump, and this quasi-endorsement of Saudi Arabia empowered the nation to make much riskier and decisive moves. This sort of crisis is dangerous to stability and American credibility, and may continue to endanger interests in the region. LEARN MORE
- Alliance for Middle East Peace— A coalition of organizations working to create a long-lasting peace in the Middle East
- Qatar Charity — Qatar’s largest NGO which extends to many sectors, from education to health care to disaster relief
- Qatar Foundation — A foundation dedicated to development in Qatar for its citizens and as a model for the entire region
This brief was compiled by Jacob Malinowski. If you have comments or want to add the name of your organization to this brief please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.