Qatar and Volkswagen

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Posted in category Foreign Policy

Apropos my previous post on this topic, here’s a snippet from a Congressional Research Service paper from 2014, “Qatar: Background and U.S. Relations.”

Qatar, a small peninsular country in the Persian Gulf, emerged as a partner of the United States in the mid-1990s and currently serves as host to major U.S. military facilities. Qatar holds the thirdlargest proven natural gas reserves in the world, and is the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. Its small citizenry enjoys the world’s highest per capita income. Since the mid-1990s, Qatari leaders have overseen a course of major economic growth, increased diplomatic engagement, and limited political liberalization.

$5 billion is at stake with a major foreign policy stronghold, as well as Volkswagen’s politically unpopular moves in Russia.

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