What Is Behind the US Twofold Stance on Qatar Crisis?
The US has recently been actively involved in the developments around the Qatar crisis. There are various interpretations of the US interests on the issue, as many times its stance seems to be quite contradictory.
When, for example, the US President Donald Trump takes a hard stance on the issue, particularly commenting that "the nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level, the time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding," as the Guardian reports, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis express a more softer stance. For example, Rex Tillerson called for lowering rhetoric and embarking on a dialogue, CNN reports. In addition he called on a Saudi Arabia-led coalition to ease its blockade of Qatar, saying that the cutoff is hindering the fight against Islamic State and provoking food shortages, Bloomberg reports.
The Pentagon, in its turn, after signing the warplane deal with Qatar, said that the jets sale would increase security cooperation between the US and Qatar. It should be noted that the agreement on the deal was reached back during the Obama administration; however, still if needed the US current administration could cancel the reached agreement.
What are the US possible interests in resolving the current crisis?
In this context, we should not forget that military cooperation between Qatar and the US goes back to 1991, Gulf War, where Qatar military forces acted as US allies. After which the US situated its prepositioned depots and the Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar that further strengthened their military cooperation. The further tension of the Qatar crisis can make the US lose its military base there. which has a strategic meaning for the US in the region.
In addition, if the Qatar crisis further deepens, the US will be forced to choose between its allies in the region (such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar), which will weaken the US leverages in the region.
On the other hand, if the US deteriorates its relations with Qatar, it will bring Qatar closer to Iran, as isolated Qatar will depend more on the assistance from Iran. This in its turn will strengthen the leverages of Iran in the region, which cannot be in the interests of the US.
In addition it is said that there were times when Qatar acted as an interlocutor between America and different forces such as Taliban in Afghanistan. However, in this context it should also be noted that Qatar’s assumed connections with Hamas were also factors hindering the relations with the US, which largely supports Israel in the region.
So, if the further deepening of Qatar crisis is not largely in the interest of the US, how can one explain such a hard stance of the US President Donald Trump on the issue?
First, as a newly-elected US president, Trump needs to prove the world and his allies in the region that he is consistent in his policy in the fight against terrorism. Thus such a radical statement by Trump on the issue, which mostly contradicts his real actions, can largely be explained by Trump’s efforts to build appropriate PR for himself and his team.
Second, if in the long-term perspective, isolation and further deepening of Qatar are not largely in the interests of the US, in the short-term perspective, the US will be willing to shake its fist at Qatar for the latter to think twice when deepening its connections with the US rivals in the region, such as Iran.
Thus the US twofold role in the Qatar crisis is not by chance, because on the one hand the US needs to show its allies, who pose against Qatar, that the US is united with them in their struggle against terrorism, on the other hand in the long-term perspective it should do everything not lose one of his allies in the region - Qatar.
- Soros Makes about $18bn for Human Rights The donation makes Soros’s Open Society Foundations the third largest charitable foundation in the world, behind the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and the Wellcome Trust.
- Israel Also Withdraws from UNESCO In a statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the U.S. decision as "brave and moral" and stated that Israel would begin preparations to follow suit.
- US Delegation to Visit Turkey The delegation will be headed by the State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Jonathan Cohen, according to sources.
- Trump-Tillerson Disagreements: Do They Have Certain Purpose? However, one cannot also exclude the scenario, that such a public demonstration of disagreement is a diplomatic trick of Trump’s administration to balance the US stance on various foreign policy issues.
- Neither Erdogan, Nor His Cabinet Ministers Haven’t Accepted US Ambassador’s Farewell Visit Bass, who was sworn in as ambassador to Turkey in September 2014, was recently confirmed by the US Senate for his next post as ambassador to Afghanistan.
Erdogan: US, EU Don't Help Turkey in Terror Fight
Premiere of Dadivank Documentary Film in Artsakh
Hamshen Armenian Intellectual's Wife Detained in Turkey
Syrian Kurds Don’t Want Independence from Syria
Foreign Minister of the Republic of Artsakh Delivered a Speech in Brussels
Iraqi Forces Fully Took Control of Kirkuk
Premier of Serj Tankian’s Symphony in Armenia (Video)
Spanish Government Plans to Dissolve Catalonia's Parliament
NKR President Met with Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Aram I
Turkey Sets Up Its First Observation Post in Idlib
Tusk Rules Out Any EU Action Over Catalonia
EU to Reduce Financial Assistance to Turkey
RF Premier Dmitry Medvedev to Arrive in Armenia on Official Visit
NKR Defense Army Serviceman Tigran Khachatryan Posthumously Awarded with the "For Service in Battle" Medal
Iraq Warns Foreign Oil Companies Against Contracts With Kurdistan
Artsakh Republic President Visited in Brussels the Office of the European Friends of Armenia Organization
NKR Defense Army Soldier Fatally Wounded
Azerbaijani MFA Considered Including Famous CNN Showman in Its Black List
Turkey Welcomes Cooperation with Iran Against the Iraqi KRG
Nalbandian: Azerbaijan Refuses to Reiterate the Principles of Karabakh Conflict Resolution
Being Afraid of Armenian Official, Azerbaijani Defense Minister Hides Behind the Flag
Georgians Would Die of Envy: BBC Travel Correspondent Told a Joke about Armenians, Georgians and Azeris
President Presents Geneva Talk’s Outcome at the Meeting with Armenian Community in Switzerland
Luis R. Corteguera: Declaration of Independence by Catalonia Might Move Madrid to Apply Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution (EXCLUSIVE)
Catalan Independence Referendum: Opinions from Catalonia (EXCLUSIVE)
The Armenian Delegation Called on Turkey for a Dialogue on the Issue of the Construction of Reservoirs on Araks: Hermine Naghdalyan (EXCLUSIVE)
Knyaz Hasanov: Iraqi Kurdistan Leadership Should Sit Down for Dialogue with the Iraqi Authorities
Armenian Delegates Talked About Issues of Refugees and Cyber Security at the OSCE PA Meeting: Hermine Naghdalyan (EXCLUSIVE)
On the Occasion of the 26th Anniversary of Armenia’s Independence President Sargsyan Visited the Erablur Pantheon
Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan Discussed Issues Related to the Organization of the Upcoming Meeting of Presidents
Wind: 11.27 km/h