Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City-State

February 15, 2017|
Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City-State by David Roberts
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Rarely has a state changed its character so completely in so short a period of time. Previously content to play a role befitting its small size, Qatar was a traditional, risk-averse Gulf monarchy until the early 1990s. A bloodless coup in 1995 brought to power an emerging elite with a progressive vision for the future. Financed by gas exports and protected by a US security umbrella, Qatar diversified its foreign relations to include Iran and Israel, established the satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera, assumed a leading role in international mediation, and hosted a number of top-level sporting tournaments, culminating in the successful FIFA World Cup 2022 bid. Qatar''s disparate, often misunderstood, policies coalesce to propagate a distinct brand. Whether to counter regional economic competitors or to further tie Qatar to the economies of the world''s leading countries, this brand is de- signed innovatively to counter a range of security concerns; in short, Qatar is diversifying its dependencies. Qatar''s prominent role in the Arab Spring follows a similar pattern, yet the gamble it is taking in supporting Islamists and ousting dictators is potentially dangerous: not only is it at risk from ''blowback'' in dealing with such actors, but a lack of transparency means that cliches and assumptions threaten to derail "brand Qatar."
David Roberts joined the Defense Studies Department at King''s College London in October 2013. He was previously the Director of the Qatar office of the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI Qatar). He obtained his PhD from Durham University, his MA in Diplomacy from Nottingham University in 2005, and h...
Title:Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City-State
Product dimensions:356 pages, 8.4 X 5.4 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:356 pages, 8.4 X 5.4 X 0.98 in
Published:February 15, 2017
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781849043250

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