Date of Graduation

Fall 2019


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

John Rose


Qatar‟s foreign policies and the tools used in achieving them pose various risks and dangers to the interests of the United States, and its allies. These tools involve the use of the media, terrorist organizations, hedging, investments, hyperactive diplomacy, and strategic alliances. Through these tools, Qatar aims to achieve influence and objectives, which are normally beyond the political circumference of small states. For instance, as a tool of influence, Qatar maintains relationships with terrorist organizations, which has serious implications for the U.S. fight against terrorism. However, as an ally, Qatar has advantages for the U.S. through its purchase of U.S. defense arms and its hosting of U.S. airbases in the region. In this light, Qatar is a challenging conundrum for the United States. This paper, offers recommendations on how U.S. policymakers can mitigate against the negative impacts of Qatar‟s foreign policies, while still maintaining a healthy, and positive relationship with Qatar.


Gulf Cooperation Council, Qatar, Asymmetric, Foreign policy, Middle East, United States of America

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Public Affairs | Public Policy | Terrorism Studies


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