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Gulf blockade: Qatar hugs and makes up with its warring neighbours – but will it last?

By Mustafa Menshawy, Post Doctoral Researcher in Middle East politics, Lancaster University
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Shortly after four Arab countries – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt – imposed an embargo on Qatar in 2017, I flew into the country’s capital Doha. Hamad airport – usually buzzing with visitors from the Gulf countries (one of every four visitors to Qatar in 2015 came from Saudi Arabia) – was eerily quiet.

The four countries severed ties with Qatar in June…


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