The distinguished panel will discuss the escalation of tensions between Qatar, a tiny, oil-rich state, and the Persian Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt, all of which broke diplomatic relations with Qatar because of its support of the Islamic State, its sponsorship of Al Jazeera and its close ties to Iran. Adding to the difficult situation is the fact that the United States has a huge airbase and more than 10,000 troops in Qatar.
MLF: Middle East
September 8, 2017
The Commonwealth Club of California 555 Post St. San Francisco, 94102 United States
Doctorate in International Law and Diplomacy; Author, Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes
Maher Kalaji, Ph.D.
Doctorate in Chemistry; Frequent Contributor, Middle East Forum
11:30 a.m. check-in noon program
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