Qatar and the Arab Spring

Hardcover | December 15, 2014

byKristian Coates Ulrichsen

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Qatar and the Arab Spring offers a frank examination of Qatar's startling rise to regional and international prominence, describing how its distinctive policy stance toward the Arab Spring emerged. In only a decade, Qatari policy-makers - led by the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, andhis prime minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani - catapulted Qatar from a sleepy backwater to a regional power with truly international reach. In addition to pursuing an aggressive state-branding strategy with its successful bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar forged a reputation fordiplomatic mediation that combined intensely personalized engagement with financial backing and favorable media coverage through the Al-Jazeera.These factors converged in early 2011 with the outbreak of the Arab Spring revolts in North Africa, Syria, and Yemen, which Qatari leaders saw as an opportunity to seal their regional and international influence, rather than as a challenge to their authority, and this guided their support of therebellions against the Gaddafi and Assad regimes in Libya and Syria.From the high watermark of Qatari influence after the toppling of Gaddafi in 2011, that rapidly gave way to policy overreach in Syria in 2012, Coates Ulrichsen analyses Qatari ambition and capabilities as the tiny emirate sought to shape the transitions in the Arab world.

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Qatar and the Arab Spring offers a frank examination of Qatar's startling rise to regional and international prominence, describing how its distinctive policy stance toward the Arab Spring emerged. In only a decade, Qatari policy-makers - led by the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, andhis prime minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim ...

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen is a research fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and an Associate Fellow on the Middle East and North Africa Program at Chatham House. He is the author of Insecure Gulf: The End of Certainty and the Transition to the Post-Oil Era and The First World War in the Midd...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:December 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroductionPart I1. Historical and Political Context to the Rise of Qatar2. State-Branding and the Leveraging of Power and Influence3. Drivers and Motivations of Qatari Foreign PolicyPART II4. Qatar and the Arab Spring5. Arab Solutions to Arab Problems: Libya and Syria6. Post-Arab Spring Challenges and ImplicationsEpilogue: Qatar Under Sheikh TamimNotesBibliographyIndex