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.

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.