Daniel Halliday
Jan 12 · Last update 24 days ago.
Why is the Qatari blockade failing?
Over a year after the economic blockade imposed on Qatar, the country has still ignored the Saudi/UAE demands of reducing relations with Iran, reducing military coordination with Turkey and a shutdown of Al-Jazeera. Meanwhile Qatar seems relatively unaffected by the severing of diplomatic relations and the blocking of air and sea trade routes to the country, despite the majority of Qatar’s neighbouring countries and many other nations loyal to Saudi-Arabia joining in on this diplomatic crisis. What has Qatar done to render this blockade a failure?
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Al Jazeera
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Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera is Qatar’s state funded media outlet, and has been described as national propaganda, albeit with a fairly well rounded and balanced approach. With Al Jazeera Qatar are effectively putting across an image of the country as fair and open, aligning itself with some powerful nations in their region and around the world. While the blockade has not descended into a military campaign, Qatar has carried out a journalistic assault against the nations of the GCC blockade. Reporting on the blockading nations with such fervour and so effectively that closing Al-Jazeera was part of Saudi Arabian demands for ending the blockade. theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/close-al-jazeera-saudi-arabia-issues-qatar-with-13-demands-to-end-blockade nytimes.com/2014/09/08/world/middleeast/qatars-support-of-extremists-alienates-allies-near-and-far.html?_r=0

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Entertainment investment

Along with its military and financial investments Qatar has invested heavily in the entertainment industry, especially sports. Qatar has bought the Paris Saint-Germain football team, applied to host the Olympics numerous times, and is set to host Formula One in 2019, and the World Cup in 2022. The reasoning behind Qatar’s heavy investment in sport is twofold; it is a clear effort to endorse sports tourism in the country and is a clear attempt to better its image internationally. Furthermore in regard with the blockade, Qatar is strengthening foreign private investment in offering to host so many sporting events, strengthening Qatar’s ties and image internationally and making further Saudi Arabian military escalation of the blockade all the more unlikely. brandthechange.com/featured/qatar-2022-a-bid-to-sports-tourism

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Military investment

Qatar responded to the land and sea blockade imposed by Saudi Arabis, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt by stepping up military spending, perusing deeper ties with neighbours such as Iran and carrying out military drills with turkey. Although they have recently been expanding mandatory military service within the country, Qatar has also taken in ousted US military forces from Saudi Arabia in 2003, making Qatar home to largest US military presence in the Middle East, with 11,000 US personnel stationed at the Al Udeid Air Base. Furthermore Qatar have been buying and building upon these forces, while strengthening wider international ties with the US, Britain, France, and Germany, using their expansive finances to invest in a military deterrents and alliances to address this blockade. edition.cnn.com/2017/06/05/middleeast/qatar-us-largest-base-in-mideast/index.html nytimes.com/2018/12/19/world/middleeast/qatar-blockade-goods.html

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“The pot calling the kettle black”

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are both widely accused of funding terrorism, so claiming this as the reason for the blockade immediately undermined the reasoning for the blockade, making it seem more like regional bullying that a fair foreign policy or an effort to fight terrorism. With Qatar worrying about a Saudi invasion and Saudi Arabia worrying about a country that was formally under their rule becoming the most powerful nation of the region politically, as well as economically, this situation has reached a stalemate. This is obviously a regional power struggle following a spike in Qatari riches and the anxiety surrounding the new power that has been put in Qatar’s hands, this is not a genuine concern over Qatar’s funding of terrorism, and the blockade has failed as it is based on a lie.

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Qatar's economy

As Saudi Arabia’s suspect reasoning for the blockade around Qatar is probably more about regional power than fighting terrorism (seen as though Saudi Arabia has been widely accused of this also) Qatar has held out and strengthened relations with Iran and Turkey instead. As the richest nation in the world and such a massive international supplier of liquefied natural gas Qatar has been able to economically adapt and avoid the intended economically difficulties of such a blockade. Furthermore this has also made Qatar an important trade partner with many powerful allies internationally that will not jeopardise their imports of this important resource to take sides in a regional power struggle, Oman and Kuwait have likewise refused to support the blockade.

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