Gregg Roman on the Rift between Qatar and the Arab Gulf States

Gregg Roman on the Rift between Qatar and the Arab Gulf States

By | 2017-10-10T13:56:16+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Interviews - TV, Middle East|

Middle East Forum Director Gregg Roman appeared on i24NEWS English to discuss the recent decision by Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf states to cut ties with neighboring Qatar.


Do you think that this will pressure Qatar to join the [Saudi-led] coalition?

I think that [in] the worst case scenario, Qatar will reel back its involvement with other regional actors, by being a center for Islamist financing, by supporting revolts in Libya, Syria, and Lebanon, and Yemen, And also using Al-Jazeera as a media tool against others …

If the Qataris all of a sudden are feeling the physical pinch in their own territory – they can’t access sea lanes, they can’t access airways, they can’t ship in food from Saudi Arabia – they will have a very hard time not complying with other GCC countries’ demands.

About the Author:

Gregg Roman functions as the chief operations officer for the Forum, responsible for day-to-day management, communications, and financial resource development. Mr. Roman previously served as director of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. In 2014, he was named one of the ten most inspiring global Jewish leaders by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. He previously served as the political advisor to the deputy foreign minister of Israel and worked for the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Mr. Roman is a frequent speaker at venues around the world, often appears on television, and has written for the Hill, the Forward, the Albany Times-Union, and other publications. He attended American University in Washington, D.C., and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, where he studied national security studies and political communications.