The Blockade on Qatar: Conflict Management Failings.

Beverley Milton-Edwards

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Current tensions in the Gulf region highlight the persistence of crises and conflict. A number of states within the area now regularly engage in interventionist actions that challenge previously held norms of sovereignty and non-intervention. Fragmentation characterises what were once considered fairly robust structures of unity and enduring regional organisation. Theoretical norms that presuppose non-intervention are tested by new forms of coercion and interventionism among Gulf actors that exacerbate rather than resolve security dilemmas. In turn, this highlights the inadequacies of normative models of conflict management and resolution, and in particular mediation. These developments are examined in the case of the blockade against Qatar instituted by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in June 2017.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-48
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Spectator
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 04 May 2020


  • blockade
  • conflict management
  • Qatar
  • resolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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