Skip to comments.The Jihadi Threat: Report on Islamist States and Individuals (unfinished)
Posted on 05/04/2014 7:33:50 PM PDT by Randall_S
Detailed report... excerpt Sometimes the tail wags the dog. In the case of the tiny Gulf state of Qatar, their small population and tremendous wealth give them an outsized influence in diplomacy and international influence. If Ankara is the heart of the emerging Islamic Caliphate, Qatar is the brain. Through sophisticated international investment and diplomacy, Qatar has acted behind the scenes in each of the Arab Spring revolutions that installed Islamist government where once secular dictators ruled.
A country rich in natural gas and approximately two million citizens, Qatar has the highest per capital GDP in the world. GDP in 2011 was $173 USD. Citizens enjoy an average income of more than $100,000. (By comparison, California, the richest state in the United States, has a GDP of $1.8 trillion approximately 10x that of Qatar and a population of 38 million or 76x the size of Qatar. GDP per capita in California is $51, 914. In terms of square miles, California is more than 36x the size of Qatar.) Thanks in large part to ExxonMobil, the Qatari state has been effective in exploiting the North Field, and produces approximately 14% of the worlds natural gas, behind only Russia and Iran.
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