Qatar: A Convenient Scapegoat in a Broken System

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Media Outlet: The New Arab

Barak Barfi wrote an article for The New Arab about the isolation of Qatar:

The Arab coalition isolating Qatar is just the latest iteration of a cyclical spat that periodically afflicts the Arab world.  
The current tiff however is more rancorous, owing to the dire straits in which the region finds itself. A rudderless Arab polity whose leaders are unable to enforce their will, are increasingly frustrated with dissenters to their policies.
But many of the countries aligned against Qatar are guilty of the very same crimes for which it stands in the docket.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to which Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia belong has never been a happy family.  Its members have often staked an independent line. 


Barak Barfi is a research fellow at New America, where he specializes in Arab and Islamic Affairs. Previously, Barak was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.