The 2017 Gulf diplomatic crisis began last June when several countries, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, abruptly cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. The measures taken notably consisted in withdrawing ambassadors, closing borders and imposing trade and travel bans.
If this crisis seems to be adamantly a regional one, it promises to have consequences at a global scale, and has brought deep concerns among the international community. At the core of the dispute between Qatar and the Gulf countries lies the question of terrorism financing, as well as the role of the Qatari media outlet Al Jazeera. Still, the links between Qatar and the Islamic Republic of Iran, whose rivalry with Saudi Arabia has dramatically evolved in the past months, remains a core, underlying source of tension.
Are we witnessing the premises of a new open conflict in the Middle-East? Is Europe going to be affected beyond the energy markets and what are its core interests in the region? What consequences could this diplomatic crisis could have in terms of security issues in the Middle East and beyond? Could this dispute, hinging on terror financing issues, really have an impact on terrorism in the region?
Join us to discuss these passionating and complex issues with a selected panel of experts that YPFP Brussels has gathered for you.
● Roberta Bonazzi, Founder and President, European Foundation for Democracy
● Olivier Guitta, CEO and Founder, GlobalStrat
● Richard Burchill, Director of Research and Engagement, TRENDS
Drinks and snacks will kindly be provided by our partner the European Foundation for Democracy.
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