Could Qatar Disappear?

It's not hard to erase lines on a map.

Look at any map and the Middle East is a region of straight-line states, a sure sign of the artificiality of borders. Not all states are artificial, however. Iran and Egypt have legacies stretching back millennia, and Moroccan identity goes back centuries. Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and perhaps even Bahrain likewise have identities that predate the establishment of modern nation-states. But other states do not. Saudi Arabia is an artificial country, a conglomeration of regions stitched together by military conquest, and Kuwait was essentially carved out to deny Germany a railhead in the waning years of the Great Game.

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