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The Gulf Rift – A war over two irreconcilable narratives

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Andreas Krieg (Photographer)

Original languageEnglish
PublisherDefence in Depth
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2017

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Amid the ongoing escalation in the Arabian Gulf, diplomats, regional news outlets and experts are heavily bogged down in a war of words. Commentators and analysts have tried to explain Saudi Arabia’s and the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) decision to isolate Qatar by looking at a clash of interests – the kingdom being infuriated by Qatar’s proximity to Iran and the Emirates alienated by Doha’s support for Islamist non-state actors across the region. Albeit important factors, the root cause of the current crisis lies much deeper. What has driven a wedge between the two fronts, is a fundamental philosophical disagreement over values, narratives and worldviews.

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