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Qatar restores diplomatic ties to Iran amid Persian Gulf crisis

SHAFAQNA- Qatar had pulled its ambassador in early 2016 after Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric sparked attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran. Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early Thursday, disregarding…

Very Few Sunni States in the So-Called Sunni Alliance against Iran: An Interview with Prof. Emile Nakhleh

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SHAFAQNA, Exclusive Interview- The Saudi kingdom, seemingly emboldened by the peculiar U.S. president’s recent visit to its land, now feels and seeks to act as the new “gendarme of the Persian Gulf.” Hastily climbing up the ladder of authority,…

The Saudi-Qatar Rift is Fueled by the Desire to Isolate Iran: An Interview with Prof. Jeffrey A. Lefebvre

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SHAFAQNA- Exclusive Interview: Less than a month after Trump’s tumultuous visit to the Middle East, the Persian Gulf states who were his princely hosts suddenly turned against each other. Saudi Arabia, followed by UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt,…