D.C. Heavyweights Sound Off on Gulf Crisis

Leon Panetta at the Hudson Institute on October 23, 2017.
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 23: Leon Panetta, former U.S. Defense Secretary and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, speaks during a discussion on countering violent extremism, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, October 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. The program was focused on issues of extremism in the Middle East, including Qatar, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Qatar, Iran, and the Muslim Brotherhood were the targets of harsh criticism at a conference on Countering Violent Extremism hosted by the Hudson Institute in Washington on Monday.

The rift between the Gulf countries that began earlier this year has complicated diplomacy and commerce throughout the region, with Saudi Arabia and Iran the major poles of the dispute.

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