The grisly details of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi security goons in their own consulate in Istanbul has riveted global attention like few other recent stories. Not surprisingly, the lurid descriptions of this single sensational case have far greater impact on public perceptions than the deaths of some ten thousand Yemenis—mostly civilians— in Saudi Arabia’s military operations in Yemen—facilitated by Washington and London.
Dark Signs in the Persian Gulf Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com) 8 August 2017 The political and economic assault against Qatar by a Saudi-led coalition so far shows no signs of succeeding in bending Qatar to its will. More seriously, it raises ominous signals for the future of geopolitics in the Arabian Peninsula. That future may [Continue reading the article…]
Does Qatar Really Threaten the Gulf? Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com) 13 June 2017 The tiny Gulf state of Qatar is today under harsh siege from nearly everybody in the Middle East, and portrayed as a “supporter of terrorism.” The US has bought into the mantra. What’s really going on here? Back in the 1990s the [Continue reading the article…]
140825 –Qatar’s “Maverick” Foreign Policies 26 Aug 2014 Speculation has run high over the past several years about what Qatar is up to in the Middle East. At first blanch its foreign policy seemingly contains a mass of contradiction: a Wahhabi state, good ties with Iran, hosting a major US airbase, support for the Muslim [Continue reading the article…]