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Marwan Kabalan Is The Director Of Policy Analysis At The Arab Centre For Research
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How the blockade on Qatar failed | GCC | Al Jazeera


On the morning of June 5, 2017, Qataris woke up to the shocking news that their country was under blockade. The hostile move came from none other than its Arab neighbours and cofounders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain, along with their ally, Egypt. The so-called quartet abruptly cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed travel and trade bans. The "shock and awe" strategy was meant to precipitate the collapse of the Qatari government, or at least...


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