The Fall of Gaddafi and Qatar’s Rise
I was wrong six months ago when I hinted that Moammar Gaddafi was quickly on his way out six months ago, but despite the conflicting reports, the brotherly leader’s demise is a matter of days or only hours. The road ahead for Libya will be a long one, and we do not know if Libya will be another Egypt or Iraq. The most accurate assessment is that we will see a new Libya, with the hopes and struggles analogous to what other countries endure in the years after expelling a ruthless dictator. But the fall of Gaddafi also comes with the rise of Qatar. The tiny Gulf country has already built its influence with its success in bidding for the 2022 World Cup, and its support of the Libyan rebels despite internal and external pressure will see its stature only rise. Whether or not Qatar’s support of NATO’s campaign against Gaddafi was token or crucial is despite the point. With Qatar’s keen management of its resources and finances, and its steps towards sustainability in one of the most unsustainable places on earth, look for Qatar to gain a global status far outsized of the tiny section of the Gulf that it owns.