Qatar Crisis Readings in the Boycott Outcomes and the Ramifications of Qatar's Obstinacy
The states of the Arab Quartet believed that the boycott resolution of June 2017 would force Qatar to reconsider its destabilizing policies and end its support and funding for terrorism. They also hoped that this would bring a swift end to the crisis and reunite the Gulf states. Doha, however, chose a more obstinate path and proceeded with its external pursuits.
The Arab boycott is costly for Qatar. Not only has it caused substantial economic and financial losses, it has undermined the role the state plays at the regional level, eroded its soft power, blurred its image in Arab and international public opinion, exposed the disinformation and incitement of its media, and weakened its social ties with the people of the neighboring Gulf states. While the crisis continues to gain momentum, the costs to Qatar rise, threatening its long-term security and stability.
This paper addresses the ramifications of the Arab Quartet boycott of Qatar by reviewing the political consequences of Qatar’s actions; examining the economic fallout of the boycott and Qatar’s response to the crisis; discussing the role of the media in distributing misinformation and perpetuating the crisis; and exploring potential scenarios for the development of the crisis in the future.