February 27, 2012

Qatar's Muscle Flexing Shaping Mideast

Peter Goodspeed, National Post

AP Photo

The tiny country of Qatar used the slogan “Expect the Amazing” when it successfully bid to host soccer’s 2022 World Cup.

It’s a phrase that could summarize the reign of Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who in just 17 years has turned a small Arabian peninsula of salt and sand flats, once one of the poorest countries in the Persian Gulf, into the world’s richest country and possibly the Middle East’s most influential state.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Middle East, Qatar

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

February 23, 2012
Can the Taliban Avoid a Split over Talks?
Yousafzai & Moreau, Daily Beast
Afghan insurgent leaders struggle to keep their men aboard for negotiations with the U.S. more ››
February 22, 2012
India a Weak Link in U.S. Strategy
Rodger Shanahan, The Interpreter
While no economic sanctions regime can ever be watertight, the ones enacted against Iran have been well targeted and undoubtedly have caused pain. But the problem with unilateral action, or multilateral action without UN... more ››
February 24, 2012
Will Mideast Tensions Boil Over?
Fareed Zakaria, Global Public Square
The situation in Syria is spiraling downward. The country is inching towards full scale civil war. Violence is increasingly sustained and the Syrian regime seems unable to stop the opposition. At the same time, we are... more ››
February 25, 2012
Israel's Gas Diplomacy
Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post
How do you survive when you’re surrounded by enemies, as is Israel? You win allies among the nations that surround your ­enemies. This increasingly successful Israeli approach — dubbed the periphery strategy... more ››
February 20, 2012
Slippery Choices for Gulf States
Center for Strategic and Int'l Studies
  The Gulf Arab States have a dilemma. One reason that they have been able to avoid upheaval over the last tumultuous year in the Middle East is because they have made their already generous public subsidies even more generous.... more ››