An Easing of Tensions in the GCC


In the few years after the Arab Spring, tensions rose between the various Arabian Peninsula states and Qatar due to political ties. Qatar was accused by its neighbors of aiding rebellious Islamist groups and being openly supportive of new regimes (

As Qatar may have been bolstering itself against its neighbors by attempting to gain a greater sense of regional political power, the other states gave funding to those regimes that kept relative power in the region the way it was. The other states in the region were worried about the shift in power of Qatar if it supported asymmetrical threats such as terrorist organizations (

The difference in opinion here was that the political ideologies across the states differ slightly and so do the organizations that are deemed “national threats.” The Qatari government supported the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohammed Morsi in Egypt, while the UAE and Saudi Arabia supported the military…

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