Qatar, a country of fewer than 2 million people set on a peninsula smaller than Connecticut, seems an unlikely candidate to become a regional power. Yet with little fanfare and less warning, tiny Qatar has emerged as one of the Middle East’s most influential states. As the U.S. struggles to understand and predict the new contours of the region, it would be wise to pursue even closer ties to this regional maverick.
O'Sullivan, Meghan. "Tiny Qatar’s Big Plans May Change Mideast." Bloomberg Businessweek, October 3, 2011.