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Can Anyone Trust Qatar?

Ryan Faith, Vice

U.S. Must Get Qatar to Fall in Line

Simon Henderson, Washington Institute

A Talk with Bashar al Assad

Jonathan Tepperman, Foreign Affairs

America's Pernicious Middle East Allies

J. Glaser, National Interest

Just a week after the White House wrapped up its big Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, just about the entire government of Qatar has arrived in Washington to tell everyone ab...(full article)

  When Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani visits the White House on February 24, President Obama will have to contend with a Qatari diplomatic scorecard that has significant marks ...(full article)

Fifa’s well-remunerated secretary general Jérôme Valcke, very much at home in the expensive lobby of a five-star hotel in Buenos Aires during a key date in the I...(full article)

One of the officials from your country asked me seven years ago in Syria at the end of a meeting, “How do you think we can solve the problem in Afghanistan?” I told him...(full article)

The Gulf states receive tangible benefits from their alliance with the U.S. The same can not be said for Washington....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Here's How the US Can Counter OPEC's Price War - C. Faulkner, LA Times

The United States has already overtaken Saudi Arabia, OPEC's dominant member, as the world's largest producer of petroleum liquids — which includes natural gas — accord...

Qatar Turns a Blind Eye to Terror Finance - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

It has been dubbed the most two-faced nation in the world, backing the U.S.-led coalition against the militants of the Islamic State while providing a permissive environment, in th...

Qatar Mends Its Saudi Fences - Rob Edens, RealClearWorld

Bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar soured in the wake of the Arab Spring as Qatar lent its diplomatic support, along with some $8 billion, to President Mohammed Mor...

A United GCC Benefits Everyone - The National

Syria will also benefit from a united GCC after the current crisis is eventually replaced by peace. While there is no imminent prospect of this, when calm does return the GCC is th...

36 Million Live in Slavery - BBC News

According to the report, more than 14 million people live as slaves in India. Next in the index comes China, with more than 3 million slaves, followed by Pakistan, Uzbekistan....

Stop Funding Terror, Qatar - Telegraph

The cousin of Qatar’s foreign minister has been convicted in a Lebanese court of channelling funds to al-Qaeda....

Netanyahu and Obama in Open Conflict - David Horovitz, Times of Israel

Each regards the other as arrogant, incompetent, wrongheaded and ill-intentioned....

Cutting off ISIS Funding Isn't Easy - Charles Lister, Brookings

The Islamic State (or ISIS) is “the best-funded terrorist organization we’ve confronted,” but “we have no silver bullet, no secret weapon to empty ISIS&rsqu...

Why Syria's Moderate Opposition Is Useless - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

Syria's moderate rebels are brawling among themselves in the streets of Turkey. And these are the people the White House wants to arm?...

When the Bell Tolls for the Petrostate - Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy

It's fair to assume that revenue from selling oil and gas will decline within a few decades in countries that are unlikely to find much in the way of new reserves....

Obama Must Recalibrate Syria Strategy - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

The administration should abandon its lofty rhetoric and make clear that it is focused on a strategy against the Islamic State that is actually achievable: containment....

Hold the Abettors of Jihad Accountable - Jamsheed & Carol Choksy, RCW

Only the Muslim nations that ignited jihadism can now defuse it, working with moderate Iraqis and Syrians who are directly affected by it....

Washington Should Apologize to Kurds - Benny Avni, New York Post

While America is in an apologizing mode, how about expressing some regrets to the Kurds and others who for years begged for help in fighting against their (and our) enemies, but go...

The Cast Against Qatar - Elizabeth Dickinson, Foreign Policy

In recent months, Qatar's Rolodex of middlemen like Hossam has proved both a blessing and a curse for the United States. On one hand, Washington hasn't shied away from calling on D...

Arab Nations Are Right to Join Fight on ISIS - The National

In many ways, the involvement of so many Arab countries in the battle against ISIL is a defining moment. In another sense, however, it is merely a natural response to the context o...

The U.S. Is Leading a Robust Arab Coalition - Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

According to the Pentagon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates directly contributed airpower to the attacks, while Qatar played a supporting role. So much fo...

Obama's Airstrikes Might Be Unexpectedly Effective - Fred Kaplan, Slate

The key to this war, like in all wars, will be political. It is highly significant that four Arab nations—Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain—participat...

U.S. Begins Syria Strikes - S. Harris, J. Hudson, Y. Dreazen, K. Brannen, FP

The Obama administration and an array of Arab allies have begun hitting dozens of Islamic States targets inside Syria, expanding an air campaign against what Washington sees as the...

How Gaza Crisis Might Quickly Reignite - Danny Rubinstein, Worldcrunch

In recent days we have been witnessing growing discontent among Hamas public employees in Gaza who have not been paid their salaries. The situation endangers the coalition governme...

Obama's Coalition of Frenemies - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

The hardened rhetoric — and, more important, the expanded commitment it promises — came after the Islamic State beheaded two American journalists in Syria and brazenly dared ...

The New Arab Cold War - Steven A. Cook, Jacob Stokes & Alexander Brock, FP

The popular conception of the Middle East is one of a region divided along sectarian lines pitting Sunni against Shiite, but another simultaneous struggle is underway among predomi...

Qatar's Dirty Doings in the Middle East - New York Daily News

Someone paid the ransom that released Peter Theo Curtis from the clutches of Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate — if not in cash, then, likely, in benefits for the al-Nusra Front’s ...

Club Med for Terrorists - Ron Prosor, New York Times

It says a great deal that Hamas’s former Arab backers, which historically have included Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia, long ago abandoned the terrorist group. Only a few nations ...

Why Are We Letting Qatar Play This Game? - Max Boot, Commentary

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, calls out Qatar in a New York Times op-ed today pointing out how that small, oil-rich sheikhdom has become a leading financier of extr...

Qatar's Hand Seen in Collapse of Gaza Talks - Adam Schreck, AP

The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hing...

Slavery's Modern Face in the Middle East - Robert Fulford, National Post

Kafala is a system that governs construction and domestic migrant labourers in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf States. When workers arrive, they must immediately surrend...

Blow the Whistle on Qatar's Weird World Cup - Matt Norman, Telegraph

Forget for a moment about the melting heat and rampant bribery. Qatar, to quote the outgoing Israeli president, Shimon Peres, speaking a few days ago, is becoming “the world’s ...

Turkey and Qatar: Hamas' BFFs - Jonathan Schanzer, Foreign Policy

It's time to stop treating Turkey and Qatar like they’re anything other than proxies for terrorists....

Al Jazeera's Israel Problem - Shlomi Eldar, Al Monitor

I am by no means trying to exonerate Israel for its responsibility for the circumstances of Gaza's inhabitants following the suffocating siege imposed on them since Hamas seized po...

Hamas Still Has Some Friends Left - Mirren Gidda, Time

Both Qatar — one of the world’s richest states — and Turkey are powerful allies to have, but Hamas might wish for more support given the breadth of the Arab World. It once ...

Is Qatar Becoming a Rogue Regime? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Qatar was not too long ago the toast of foreign-policy insiders. It spread its largesse around Washington, and universities fell all over themselves trying to get their foot in the...

Why Qatar Should Be Allowed to Host the World Cup - Justin Martin, TNR

The World Cup will be in Qatar in eight years, though some human rights activists and soccer officials have been calling for a re-vote on the 2022 host; if that takes place, Qatar ...

Why Qatar Deserves the World Cup - Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Nat'l Post

Qatar does not have a rich football history. We are a small country. Temperatures are high in the summer. However unfairly, our wealth alone fuels suspicions. But our bid succeeded...

Time for a U.S. Triage in the Mideast - Adam Garfinkle, American Interest

As many have already noted, if the U.S. government uses force against ISIS on behalf of the Maliki government in Iraq, it will in effect be allying itself with Iran—not such a ho...

Corruption Rumors Sideline Beautiful Game - Kevin Rafferty, Japan Times

The drama swirling behind the FIFA scenes would be greeted with incredulity if the house of FIFA were turned into a steamy novel or soap opera. Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano...

Will This Be the Last World Cup? - Jason Cowley, New Statesman

Football is a supreme instrument of soft power and can unite people as little else can. But allegations of Fifa corruption have tarnished the image of the beautiful game. Can anyth...

The Last Democratic World Cup? - Anne Applebaum, Washington Post

The aftermath in Brazil will be different only because the regret arrived in advance. For months now, protesters of various stripes have picketed stadiums, dressed the World Cup ma...

Dark Side of the Qatar World Cup Dream - Christoph Scheuermann, Spiegel

Qatar is spending billions to build hotels, subways, shopping centers and stadiums ahead of the World Cup in 2022. But those working on the projects are poorly paid and poorly hous...

FIFA's Own Goal on Qatar - Irish Times

Suspicions about the bizarre decision to bring the world’s best footballers to a very small country with an inhospitable climate and no football tradition have been widesprea...

Throw FIFA Out of the Game - Dave Zirin, New York Times

People don’t have to be displaced and workers don’t need to die for soccer. The World Cup can be staged in countries with existing stadiums and infrastructure. Moreover...

World Cup Should Belong to the World, Not FIFA - Business Day

As SA experienced, the Fifa stranglehold means the benefits flow disproportionately to Fifa and the Blatter family, not to entrepreneurs in the host nation. And that is just the ab...

Qatar World Cup Is Human Rights Catastrophe - Jeremy Stahl, Slate

The 2014 World Cup is just one month away, but it’s not too early to start feeling intense emotions about the 2022 World Cup. Specifically, fury. That’s the feelin...

Making Qatar an Offer It Can't Refuse - Hassan Hassan, Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia is setting new terms in the Gulf’s relationship with its wayward neighbor. But will Doha bridle at the deal?...

Obama Blesses Mideast's New Authoritarian Order - Haroon Siddiqui, Star

Fresh from condemning Russia for punishing Ukraine for daring to be democratic, Barack Obama goes to Saudi Arabia Friday to bless the squelching of democracy in the Middle East. T...

Qatar's World Cup Is a Race Against Death - Jonathan Mahler, Bloomberg

It’s time to call the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by its proper name: A humanitarian crisis. The latest and most compelling evidence to date arrived in a special report, delicat...

About Qatar

  • State of Qatar
  • Population: 833,285 (158th)
  • Area Size: 4,473 sq mi (165th)
  • GDP: $91.55 billion (69th)
  • Currency: Riyal (QAR)
  • Official Language: Arabic
  • Capital City: Doha
  • Largest City: Doha