Emirates Policy Center (EPC) published a book titled “Qatar’s unilateral policies: Political risks assessment of Doha’s ambitions, analyzing the causes of the diplomatic crisis which erupted on June 5th 2017, between Qatar and the four boycotting countries – UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, as well as the consequences of the crisis from the perspective of both sides, and its ramifications on the region. The book also presents the options for both parties of the crisis, and foresees the scenarios of the crisis and the repercussions of each scenario.

EPC president, Dr. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, said in the foreword of the book, the crisis led to “regional polarization” between Qatar, Turkey and Iran, on one side, and the Arab quartet and other countries, on the other.

Al-Ketbi explained that the roots of the Gulf crisis go back to the “unilateral policies adopted by Qatar since 1995,” and considered the essence of those policies to represent Doha’s “role dilemma and crisis for survival.”

The publication is compiled of 4 main chapters. The first explores the causes and rationales of the decision of boycotting Qatar from the perspective of the Quartet, the second discusses the regional and international contexts of the crisis, the third examines the outcomes and options for both sides of the crisis, and the fourth presents the scenarios and consequences of the crisis.

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