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Qatar acts against erstwhile ally Eritrea

Doha has repaired relations with some countries involved in the boycott launched in 2017, but others remain firmly out of favour. That was underlined when in late March Qatar National Bank (QNB) delivered a summons to the Eritrean government in pursuit of overdue debts.

Issue 1123 - 09 April 2021

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The Gulf states in 2020-21: Navigating in perilous political and economic waters

GSN’s year-end Perspective/Agenda feature provides a look back – and forwards – at key events across the region in 2020-21. It gives an opportunity to update the Risk Grades included with each of our regular Risk management reports. After another year of tragedy, Yemen is effectively a failed state (rated F6, the bottom political and financial grades). Qatar has shown itself to be robust in the face of its neighbours’ boycott, its finances warranting an upgrade to 1, putting it on a par with the UAE. Iraq’s political standoffs and financial woes remain deeply troubling, but the situation is improving rather than deteriorating and the prospect of higher oil prices next year should help further; it has been upgraded from E5↑ to D4↓. Oman’s fiscal challenges continue to mount, prompting a downgrade of its economic rating to 3. 

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