Where is the Middle East Crisis with Qatar Heading?
by Matthew RJ Brodsky
Debrief with Nurit Ben / i24News
June 7, 2017
Matthew RJ Brodsky discusses the latest developments involving Qatar and efforts to resolve the crisis on i24News "Debrief with Nurit Ben." Joined by i24News Senior Middle East Correspondent, Muhammad al-Kassim, he elaborates on his article for The Hill, "The Qatar Conundrum."
According to Brodsky, while it's tempting in Washington to blame the latest crisis on what could be Russian hacking of Middle East Twitter accounts, it will make little difference in the region. What's new is that the lukewarm war of words has finally escalated into a full-blown Arab Cold War. It appears for now that Qatar has managed to accidentally unify the Arab world in a way rarely seen in the Middle East — in a region where unity and alliances seldom last. A rush to reestablish the status quo would not only waste an excellent opportunity to change the behavior of a duplicitous regional actor but it would send a mixed message to America's allies who appear to be doing precisely what the president asked of them.