Analysis & Commentary


18th January 2018 - Haaretz

Qatar Doubles Down on PR Campaign Appealing to U.S. Jews and D.C. Insiders

Jonathan Schanzer

Qatar has recently expanded its public relations effort aimed at improving its image in the United States, including within the Jewish community.

12th December 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

The Qatar Quarrel Benefits the U.S.

Jonathan Schanzer

It is no secret that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been at odds with President Trump on a range of issues. One of them is the U.S. response to the spat that erupted in early June between Qatar and four other Arab states. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt all...

20th November 2017 - Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Speaks at the Center for the National Interest

As the Middle East is facing fresh fissures, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the Qatari foreign minister, is visiting Washington to bolster his country’s standing particularly with the Trump administration. His stops have included a meeting with the secretary of State Rex Tillerson and...

1st November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

CIA releases video of Hamza bin Laden’s wedding

Thomas Joscelyn

The US has released a video from Hamza bin Laden's wedding, providing a more recent image of Osama's heir than was previously available. The video was recovered during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in May 2011. FDD's Long War Journal assesses that the wedding likely took place...

25th October 2017 - Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

Steve Bannon Launches His Big Foreign Policy Crusade

Jonathan Schanzer

Stephen K. Bannon joined other Republican grandees such as Sen. Tom Cotton at a packed event in Washington on Monday.

25th October 2017 - Quoted by David Reid and Javier E. David - CNBC

US announces sanctions against Yemen in battle against ‘key terrorists’

The United States has announced sanctions on Yemeni individuals and companies to combat the activities of al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State.

25th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US and Gulf nations sanction 8 jihadists in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department and several Gulf States announced today that eight jihadists in Yemen have been designated as terrorists. The newly-sanctioned terrorists serve either the Islamic State's Yemeni branch, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or both.

23rd October 2017 - Quoted by CAMERA

Hamas Celebrates Qatar’s New UN Gig, Media MIA

Jonathan Schanzer

On Oct. 17, 2017, it was announced that Qatar would be appointed to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In a largely underreported move, Hamas, the U.S.-designated terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip, seemed pleased with the announcement.

23rd October 2017 - Quoted by Egypt Today

Documentary: ‘Qatar: A Dangerous Alliance’ analyzes Gulf crisis

Jonathan Schanzer

Due to the increasing tensions between Qatar and some Arab countries, notable experts in Middle East policy, international terrorism, and finance provide insight and analysis on Gulf crisis in the educational documentary film “Qatar: A Dangerous Alliance.”

13th September 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Outrage Over Hamas Fuels Opposition to Planned Meetings Between Qatari Leaders & US Jewish Groups

Jonathan Schanzer

Opposition is mounting within the US Jewish community to a series of planned meetings over the coming week between American Jewish leaders and senior Qatari representatives reported to include the Gulf state’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and other members of the ruling family....

12th September 2017 - i24 News

Crossroads

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD senior vice president Jonathan Schanzer discuss Qatar's attempt to court Jews on Crossroads on i24 News.

12th September 2017 - Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

Qatar Trying to Arrange Meeting With Jewish American Leaders as Part of PR Push

Jonathan Schanzer

'They need to stop funding Hamas,' says ZOA chief, who refused meeting with gas-rich emirate, currently paying to improve its relations with U.S. Jews

7th September 2017 - Quote by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Despite Unwavering Support for Hamas, Qatar Seeking Improved Ties With ‘Jewish Community Worldwide’

Jonathan Schanzer

The Gulf state of Qatar — long-shunned by the pro-Israel community in the US for its overt financial and political backing of the Palestinian terrorist group, Hamas — has announced a new public relations initiative to win hearts and minds among Jews in the US and abroad.

25th August 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar is restoring full diplomatic relations with Iran and will send its ambassador back to Tehran.

13th August 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

US, Kuwait continue mediation over Qatar crisis but resolution to dispute is remote

Aykan Erdemir

As the crisis seems likely to drag on for a while, Doha has sought ways to circumvent the sanctions it faces.

13th August 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

Turkey follows Brotherhood affinities but faces risks in siding with Qatar

Aykan Erdemir

By staging joint military exercises with Qatar, Tur­key signalled that it val­ues its partnership with Doha in the quarrel with other Gulf countries more than a possible mediating role in the dis­pute.

10th August 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

Qatar’s Neymar deal proves costly … in more ways than one

David Andrew Weinberg

Many Arabs have cried foul over Qatar’s link to the record-breaking $263 million transfer deal for Neymar — as it emerged that such a fee could have paid for much of the outstanding humanitarian aid required in Palestine this year.

9th August 2017 - Quoted by The Economist

Middle East and Africa/US politics: US mediation in the Gulf flounders amid divided opinion

Jonathan Schanzer

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has continued to push for dialogue and an end to the boycott of Qatar to resolve the Gulf crisis.

6th August 2017 - Newsweek

Qatar’s Support Of The Worst Of The Worst In Libya Must End

Jonathan Schanzer

Libya’s eastern-based government joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in cutting ties with Qatar in June, with Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Deri asserting that Doha was “harboring terrorism.” The move reflected longstanding grievances expressed by Libya’s...

2nd August 2017 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa and Karam Singh - Small Wars Journal

Qatar in the Horn of Africa: Friend or Foe?

David Andrew Weinberg

With increasing scrutiny on Qatar to ease their foreign policy initiatives, more allegations are digging into Qatar’s already controversial track record.

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