Qatar has made a name for itself in the new millennium. Its AAA-rated economic rise has been as indisputable as its diplomatic activity has been contentious.
The tiny (4,473 sq mi/11,586 km²) emirate reflects the influence of many elements — deep-rooted Bedouin tribalism, conservative Islam, and, most significantly, enormous wealth, the product, to a certain extent, of certain risky commercial decisions taken in the 1990s to develop its enormous oil and gas reserves.
Qatar has shown truly disruptive entrepreneurial leadership. It has launched and subsidized the global media giant Al Jazeera, poured billions into its unrivalled liquefied natural gas (LNG)...