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Arab States Sever Diplomatic Ties with Qatar

On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in a coordinated move, joined later by other Arab nations. "It seems that the Saudis and Emiratis feel emboldened by the alignment of their regional interests — toward Iran and Islamism — with the Trump administration," fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen said in an interview with Reuters: http://reut.rs/2rWgijU.

To read Ulrichsen's previous analysis of Qatar's deteriorating relations with the other Arab Gulf powers, click here.