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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...(full article)

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...(full article)

There were questions from the start. Those have only grown louder....(full article)

What does a gambler do when a large bet suddenly looks like it’s riding on a losing hand? Many will fold and cut their losses. Others push ahead, even doubling down, hoping their...(full article)

A number of journalists associated with Al Jazeera have contacted me recently to defend their employer, the Qatari government. (Al Jazeera is a project of the Qatari royal family t...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Qatar's Position Ignores Realities of Geopolitics - The National

The diplomatic impasse that pits Qatar against most of its GCC allies indicates the emergence, possibly temporary, of a new regional order. Doha seems to have aligned itself with T...

The Country That Makes Saudis Look Good - Jeff Goldberg, Bloomberg View

Qatar is very rich, but its money has not helped it integrate into the international order in a clever or foresighted way. Unlike the U.A.E., the Gulf country that is the most open...

FIFA Has a Terrorism Problem - David Schenker, Times of Israel

Qatar’s affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood—and especially its Palestinian chapter Hamas–is well known. In 2000 when King Abdullah II closed the organization&rsqu...

The Autocrat's Emergency Bailout Fund - James Traub, Foreign Policy

Are billions of dollars from Russia and the Gulf really worse than Western assistance?...

What Iran Can Do to Ease Gulf Tensions - Daily Star

Iran has plenty of cards to play if it truly wants to see an improvement in its relations with individual Gulf countries and this region as a whole. If such an initiative is taken ...

Soccer Fans Should Scrutinize Qatar, Russia - Jake Simpson, The Atlantic

Ever since FIFA, the global soccer governing body/alleged cesspool of corruption, appointed Qatar the host nation for the 2022 World Cup, the association has repeatedly found itsel...

Qatar Must Curb Abuses Before World Cup - The National

In under a decade, Qatar will be firmly in the spotlight as football’s World Cup finals begin in the Gulf state. Already the scrutiny has started. Several reports from human-righ...

Israel, Gulf in 'Strange Alliance' Against Iran - Brian Murphy, AP

When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made another stop in the Middle East this month, he received an expected earful over Washington's outreach to Iran: Don't trust Tehran, tigh...

Saudis, Qatar Play Dangerous Game in Syria - David A. Weinberg, CNN

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been working overtime arming rebel groups in Syria.  But events of the last month suggest these American allies have been throwing their lots in with...

The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies - Chris Davidson, Foreign Aff.

An especially brittle monarchy succumbing to pressure over Western involvement, Iran, or Israel could easily be the first domino to fall, undoing the illusion of invincibility that...

Qatari Footballers' Nightmarish Treatment - Maik Grossekathofer, Spiegel

Zahir Belounis is sitting on the sofa in his house in Qatar and wondering whether it might make sense to commit suicide....

11 Reasons for a Qatar World Cup Disaster - Tony Manfred, BI

Nine years before the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the country is being criticized for everything from logistics to bribery to human rights abuses. It's a burgeoning disaster. Here's why....

Why Qatar Is Quietly Backing the U.S. - Gartenstein-Ross & Schanzer, FDD

After establishing itself as the epicenter of Syria's opposition factions, punctuated by the establishment of a rebel embassy in Doha, Qatar is now adopting a distinctly quieter to...

Israel and the Gulf States: It's Complicated - Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel

They have many common interests, but now more than ever, any rapprochement needs to remain secret, some officials say. So why did Jerusalem open a 'virtual embassy' in the Gulf?...

Qatar May Have Overreached - Viviene Walt, Time

Nearly three weeks after Egypt’s military forced the country’s President Mohamed Morsi out of office and jailed him and officials of his Muslim Brotherhood party, the explosi...

Why Egypt Is a Foreign Policy Puzzle - George Packer, The New Yorker

When a country’s military sends tanks into the streets, deposes an elected President, suspends the constitution, shuts down television stations, and arrests the leadership of the...

Egyptian Coup Splits the Middle East - Dilip Hiro, Yale Global

The military coup in Egypt has divided the Middle East and North Africa while creating bizarre new bedfellows. Supporting the coup are Syria as well as the conservative Gulf monar...

Mideast's Real Battle: Saudi Arabia vs. Qatar - Jonathan Tepperman, NYT

Back in early 2011, when the Arab uprisings first erupted, most pundits assumed the countries that would do most to shape their course from the outside would be the usual heavyweig...

4 Reasons Why Iran Wins from Morsi's Fall - Meir Javedanfar, Al Monitor

In the long run, what can turn the situation against Iran is if fair elections are held again in Egypt, in which all parties, including the Brotherhood, are allowed to participate....

The Saudi-Qatar Clash over Syria - David Ottaway, The National Interest

The Obama administration’s June 13 decision to provide weapons to the rebels aligns the United States with its two closest allies in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, whi...

An Emir Steps Aside - Boston Herald

The emir of Qatar is turning over the throne to his fourth son. What good news for a part of the world where dictatorships usually end by death or coup d’etat. Oil and gas have m...

Behind the Abdication of Qatar's Emir - Shibley Talhami, Reuters

Nothing was trivial about the moment: Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani gave up his post as emir of Qatar to his son at the pinnacle of his influence, in an act as rare and surpris...

Can Change in Qatar Bring Reforms? - Washington Post

In the region, Qatar has done much to foment revolutionary change, including the overthrow of Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi. Yet its agenda is not liberal but sectarian and Islamist. W...

Mysteries of the Emir - Marc Lynch, Foreign Policy

Who would have believed two years ago that Syria's Bashar al-Assad would outlast the emir of Qatar on the throne? Or that one of the wealthiest and most secure Arab leaders, facing...

The Mideast's Science Revolution? - Shelly Culbertson, CNN

It’s perhaps inevitable that violence in Iraq, Syria’s civil war, and ongoing unrest in Libya grabs international headlines. But in a part of the world so often associated wi...

Saudis Overtake Qatar as Syria Sponsor - Hassan Hassan, The National

Saudi authorities had consistently declined to meet the opposition, despite repeated requests. This was partly because the kingdom has opposed Muslim Brotherhood dominance in the...

The Attention-Starved Teen of the Mideast - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg

Here is the genius of Qatar, the peanut-sized Persian Gulf state that provides material support to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and possibly some of Syria’s jihadist rebel group...

Hamas Again Avoids Change - Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

Reports are coming thick and fast that Hamas is preparing to reconfirm Khaled Mishaal as the head of its Politburo. He will, apparently, have the Gaza-based leader Ismail Hanniyeh ...

The Gulf War over the War in Syria - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

For the casual observer, the Syrian opposition has been, for close to two years, an overlong Monty Python joke of self-cannibalization, petty revolutionary factionalism, and outsiz...

What Is an Expensive Resort Doing in Eritrea? - Armin Rosen, Atlantic

Dahlak Kebir is a sunbaked and vaguely Y-shaped splotch of rock and dry vegetation sitting a few miles off the coast of Massawa, near the mouth of the Red Sea. The Dahlak archipela...

Collapse of Al Jazeera's Credibility - Ghaffar Hussain, The Commentator

The fact that the channel is owned and tightly controlled by the undemocratic and authoritarian Qatari royal family, that jails independent journalists who criticise the regime at ...

Is Qatar Fueling al-Qaeda's Wars? - David Roberts, The Gulf Blog

Claims that Qatar is supporting a range of Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in the Sahel are not new. In June 2012 the French satirical magazine Canard Enchaine quoted French Military in...

Brotherhood's Agenda, Egypt's Catastrophe - Ilan Berman, Forbes

It has been heralded as a humanitarian gesture and a sign of Arab leadership, but Qatar’s decision last week to double its $2.5 billion aid package to Egypt is also a telling in...

Why America Needs Al Jazeera - Patrick Theros, The Daily Beast

I, for one, was delighted to learn this week that Qatar-based news organization Al Jazeera had purchased Al Gore’s Current TV in a savvy move to bring the Middle East’s...

How the Merkel Doctrine Is Changing Germany - Der Spiegel

Germany used to be extremely careful about where it exported its weapons. In recent years, however, Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown a preference for sending high-tech armaments ...

Bright, Shiny Tinderboxes of the Persian Gulf - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

Visiting the Gulf monarchies over the years, I have heard numerous tales of merciless exploitation, denunciations of the overpaid and idle native citizens and grievances about the ...

How America Looks from the Middle East - Riad Kahwaji, INEGMA

The U.S. Administration of President Barak Obama is about to complete its first term in office and is hoping to win another term in the upcoming elections on November 6. In previou...

Tunnels of Gaza: Isolation or Escape? - Nicolas Pelham, NY Review of Books

Undoubtedly, Hamas would prefer an open relationship with Cairo. It says it will crack down on its Salafi militants and plug their conduits to Sinai. “More than anyone we see...

Qatar Embraces Syrian Rebels, But Also Hamas - Tony Karon, Time

Mindful of its declining appetite for projecting power in the Middle East, the U.S. is relying on more activist partners in the region such Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to arm th...

Why Is Qatar Mucking Around in Gaza? - David Roberts, Foreign Policy

Doha's meddling in Palestinian affairs is much more about Iran than it is about Israel....

Who's Arming Whom in Syria? - Rania Abouzeid, Time

Vast swathes of northern Syria, especially in the province of Idlib, have slipped out of the hands of President Bashar Assad, if not quite out of his reach. The area is now a de f...

Syria Proxy War May Rip Apart Mideast - Seumas Milne, The Guardian

Western and Gulf regime support for rebel fighters isn't bringing freedom to Syrians but escalating sectarian conflict and war....

What Will Morsi Do About Syria? - Cumali Onal, Sunday's Zaman

Syria is a crucial country for Egypt. Even though there was a failed attempt of the two countries to become a single sovereign state during the Gamal Abdel Nasser era, they have ...

Qatar Brotherhood Ties Affect Entire Region - Ahmed Azem, The National

The alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar is becoming a noticeable factor in the reshaping of the Middle East. There are several striking aspects to this evolving and...

Saudi Arabia's More Perfect Union - Bruce Riedel, The National Interest

The Saudis don't try to impose their will on the neighborhood but instead try to persuade the others to follow. Even last year's GCC intervention in Bahrain was at the invitation...

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