By Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Qatar and the Arab Spring deals a frank exam of Qatar's startling upward push to neighborhood and foreign prominence, describing how its special coverage stance towards the Arab Spring emerged. in just a decade, Qatari policy-makers - led by means of the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and his major minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani - catapulted Qatar from a sleepy backwater to a neighborhood energy with really foreign succeed in. as well as pursuing an competitive state-branding method with its profitable bid for the 2022 FIFA global Cup, Qatar cast a name for diplomatic mediation that mixed intensely custom-made engagement with monetary backing and favorable media assurance in the course of the Al-Jazeera.

These components converged in early 2011 with the outbreak of the Arab Spring revolts in North Africa, Syria, and Yemen, which Qatari leaders observed as a chance to seal their neighborhood and foreign impression, instead of as a problem to their authority, and this guided their help of the rebellions opposed to the Gaddafi and Assad regimes in Libya and Syria.

From the excessive watermark of Qatari effect after the toppling of Gaddafi in 2011, that speedily gave option to coverage overreach in Syria in 2012, Coates Ulrichsen analyses Qatari ambition and functions because the tiny emirate sought to form the transitions within the Arab world.

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