Qatar, not Turkey or Iran, is the power broker in Syria

May 21, 2013

Great report from the Financial Times on how Qatar has come to dominate the Syrian uprising.  Qatar has rapidly become a major power broker across the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region.  Meanwhile, the FT also reports that the massive Qatari sovereign wealth fund is engaged in a new round of buying stakes in global banks – this time purchasing shares of Germany’s largest and Russia’s second largest banks.  Since the beginning of the global financial crisis in 2008, Qatar has purchased large stakes in British, Swiss, Brazilian and Chinese banks, as well.  This is the third post I have had that mentions Qatar’s increasingly aggressive foreign policy – one last fall and one last winter.


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