Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies
Defense and Strategic Studies
Gulf Cooperation Council, Qatar, Asymmetric, Foreign policy, Middle East, United States of America
Defense and Security Studies | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Public Affairs | Public Policy | Terrorism Studies
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.
© Osarodion Odosamamwen Izevbigie
Izevbigie, Osarodion Odosamamwen, "Roots and Goals of the State of Qatar's Contradictory Foreign Policy: Implications for U.S. National Security Interests" (2019). MSU Graduate Theses. 3442.