In the run-up to the FIFA World Cup in 2022, Gateway House interviews Aakash Jayaprakash from the Qatar Foundation to discuss the preparations underway to make the event a big success. He also talks about the issues of immigration, labour rights and the effects of the Arab uprisings in Qatar
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Rivals Iran and Egypt have become the two most important powers in today’s West Asia. Yet, Iran is looking for neither a smooth victory nor a quick failure for Egypt’s rise. Tehran will remain the key regional player, while it’s too early to tell if Cairo is capable of overcoming Iran’s influence.
Conflict over oil and gas reserves, sectarian rivalries between Shiites and Sunnis and foreign involvement interconnect as sources of instability in the Persian Gulf–Arabian Peninsula.
Over the last few years Qatar has actively participated in world affairs by holding the Presidency of multilateral organizations, hosting international institutions and investing significantly in foreign markets. What does Qatar hope to achieve from its rising profile and its growing role in international affairs?
With the recent visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to three oil-rich Gulf monarchies, China continues to maintain good relations with Tehran by refusing sanctions against it and prioritizing its energy needs over Western demands.
The series of protests that occurred across North Africa brought winds of democracy in the Arab world. However this recent development is perceived with apprehension by Israel. But what if Israel could benefit from these new democratic changes?
With the prospect of a new Taliban office in Qatar, who would go to the negotiating table from a position of strength, the Taliban or the Afghan government? And what do Afghans think of the contentious TAPI pipeline? Dr. Roashan gives us an Afghani perspective of the geopolitics surrounding the war-torn nation.
The Wahhabis, who now merit NATO backing, continue on their global mission of converting the Muslim Ummah to its relatively harsh and antediluvian ways of thinking and living. For NATO, this is a geopolitical miscalculation that will have tragic security consequences for the alliance within a decade.
What are the main social dynamics of the waves of revolt in the Arab world in 2011? Jean-Pierre Filiu, scholar and author of "The Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising", discusses the question with Paul Hockenos.
A change has come about after 9/11: the ideologies grouped as “Al Qaeda” has morphed, from a group directed by a few individuals, it is now disaggregated. Due to this change, NATO is empowering it's future foes in the Arab world by its continued belief in the camouflaged jihadis.