With Turkey’s economic woes, Qatar has leapt to its aid, but sitting uncomfortably between two critical allies, Ankara and Washington, Doha must tread carefully.
David B. Roberts
David B. Roberts is an assistant professor in the School of Security Studies at King’s College London. Previously, he was the director of the Qatar office of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI Qatar). His primary research interest focuses on the security and international relations of the Gulf Arab monarchies. Roberts is the author of Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City-State. He obtained his PhD from Durham University.
Once upon a time, Qatar was the small Gulf monarchy exerting influence around the Middle East and North Africa.
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