Qatar Crisis: The Thirteen Demands
June 26, 2017
What a difference a year makes.
Last June, Saudi-US relations were in the doldrums thanks to President Obama’s ‘rebalancing’ in the Middle East. Now President Trump has elevated them into a new golden age, such that Riyadh seems to have received carte blanche to redraw the region’s geopolitical map as it sees fit. No one knows this better than the Qatari government, which has just received a list of demands that would essentially enshrine the small Gulf state in Saudi Arabia’s sphere of influence.
The blockade and the list of demands reflect growing Saudi confidence on the regional stage. But getting into the Qatar crisis could prove a lot easier than getting out of it.