Gulf crisis

Activists and Gulf crisis turn Qatar into potential model of social change

Potential Qatari moves to become the first Gulf state to effectively abolish the region's onerous kafala or labour sponsorship system, denounced as a form of modern slavery, could produce a rare World Cup that leaves a true legacy of social and economic change.

February 28, 2018
February 28, 2018

Gulf crisis upends fiction of a separation of sports and politics

The Gulf crisis that has pitted World Cup host Qatar against a United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia-led alliance for the past eight months is showing up the fiction of a separation of sports and politics.

October 27, 2017
October 27, 2017

Activists and Gulf crisis turn Qatar into potential model of social change

Potential Qatari moves to become the first Gulf state to effectively abolish the region's onerous kafala or labour sponsorship system, denounced as a form of modern slavery, could produce a rare World Cup that leaves a true legacy of social and economic change.

October 24, 2017
October 24, 2017

Gulf crisis broadens definitions of food security

Food security has taken on a new dimension almost five months into the Gulf crisis that pits a UAE-Saudi alliance against Qatar and for which there is no resolution in sight.

July 31, 2017
July 31, 2017

Gulf Crisis: A lesson in reputation management

Lurking below the surface of the Gulf crisis, are rival, yet troubled, attempts by Qatar and its detractors to use sports to boost soft power and/or launder tarnished images of their autocracies.

July 20, 2017
July 20, 2017

A defiant Qatar stands its ground

The crisis that began in the Gulf on June 5, 2017 does not seem to be ebbing. In the meantime there have been some twists and turns in this sordid episode.

July 3, 2017
July 3, 2017

Gulf crisis set to escalate

The Gulf crisis that pits Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar is set to escalate with Doha certain to ignore Monday's deadline that it complies...

June 21, 2017
June 21, 2017

The Gulf crisis: Grappling for a face-saving solution

A two-week old conflict in the Gulf goes to the core of key issues in international relations that hamper the fight against political violence and govern diplomatic relations: the absence of an agreed definition of terrorism that allows autocrats to abuse efforts to counter extremism by repressing non-violent critics and the ability of small states to chart their own course and punch above their weight.

June 15, 2017
June 15, 2017

The longer the Gulf crisis lasts, the higher the stakes get

Saudi Arabia and the UAE appear to be contemplating and engineering some drastic action in Qatar with the stakes in the Gulf crisis so high that a negotiated solution may prove difficult, if not impossible.