UK and US relations with Saudi Arabia were already under serious scrutiny – even before the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist.
It seems likely that football will remain a pawn in an intensifying proxy war.
Without strategic clarity from the US, the Saudis and their allies are under little pressure to thaw their frozen relationship with Qatar.
Kuwait has first-hand experience of how financial and political shocks can stifle investor confidence in the entire region.
It's all to do with PSG's Qatari owners.
When the network launched in 1996, it radically changed the media landscape of the Arab world. Two decades later, some regimes are still seething.
No nation can truly feel secure without its own food supply.
As a crackdown on Qatar goes off half-cocked, the world is worrying Saudi Arabia's new order could be even more dangerous.
The Middle East could be witnessing a foreign policy misfire of epic proportions.
Qatar withdrawing its troops has reignited tensions between Eritrea and Djibouti which the UN and African Union are trying to mediate. This comes as Eritrea is also embroiled in the Yemen civil war.