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Qatar: last Arab(ist) standing?
The foreign policy of Qatar has been an enigma to observers ever since Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani ascended to power in 1995. Qatari international engagement has alternatively stood accused of being driven by an erratic and spontaneous leader (overly active, outspoken and omnipresent, though not always consistent), the manifestation of a ‘small state syndrome’, or directed by the United States. Most recently, three of its immediate Gulf neighbours withdrew their ambassadors in a highly-publicised criticism of its diplomatic activities. But, when viewed through the right prism, Doha’s foreign policy appears quite consistent. Every single diplomatic act feeds into one overarching narrative: pan-Arabism.