Food as a Weapon? Qatar Under Blockade & The History of Gulf Food Geopolitics, a talk with Natalie Koch, Associate Professor and O’Hanley Faculty Scholar in the Department of Geography at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
April 11th Thursday 4 pm
Graduate Student Lounge
126 College Ave.
In June 2017, Qatar was put under blockade by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and other regional neighbors – sealing its land, sea, and air networks. A small desert country, Qatar is entirely dependent on food imports. The blockade therefore challenged the country’s sovereignty and forced leaders to find new food supply networks overnight. Using food as a “weapon,” here exercised by Qatar’s blockading neighbors, is not a new idea. This talk explores this history in the Arabian Peninsula, as well as how Qatar has responded in the 2 years it has been under blockade.