The Qatar diplomatic crisis began in June 2017, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, the Maldives, Mauritania, Senegal, Djibouti, the Comoros, Jordan, the Tobruk-based Libyan government, and the Hadi-led Yemeni government severed diplomatic relations with Qatar and banned Qatari airplanes and ships from utilising their airspace and sea routes along with Saudi Arabia blocking the only land crossing.

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This whole experience for Doha gave it justification for what many studying the region believe, including serving diplomats, that the country geopolitically consistently punches above its weight. Only time will tell whether that is a good thing or a bad one for Qatar’s sovereign ambitions.


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