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Politically, Qatar can be classified as a “weak, unsatisfied state” whose internal and external affairs are managed through “dependency”, which is a political and economic approach under which one State is subject to another, which deprives the dependent State of its sovereignty at the regional and global levels and turns into a tool to implement the agendas of the states it relies on, in return for protecting its regime from any threat to its survival internally and externally, as is the relationship now between the dependent Qatar, on one hand, and Iran, Erdogan and the Muslim Brotherhood on the other.

Since the current regime took control of Doha, Qatar’s policy has suffered from a gradual decline that has brought it to the bottom, becoming a state that is dependent on expansionist regimes and terrorist organizations. Qatar’s political dependence on these regimes and organizations is not normal or logical, as is the case in some countries, which their dependencies are often for economic reasons due to their poverty, weak resources and economy. For this, they rely on rich countries for their survivals in exchange of concessions and political attitudes toward these countries.

As for Qatar, the reason behind its dependence on others was and still is the weak administrative mentality in that country and the short political vision of the decision-makers there, which resulted in the hostility of Qatar to the Arab countries, which in turn was exploited by ambitious parties in the region and used to exploit the Qatari wealth and resources, mainly in politics and media, to achieve expansionist and subversive objectives in the countries of the region.

This dependency started to drain Qatar politically, economically, and security when the US interests collided with these of the countries Qatar is dependent on. This prompted Qatar to search for a solution that balance its dependency on these countries as well as the United States at the same time. However, if that was possible, it would not be permanent, especially as conflicts of interest escalate to levels that predict military confrontations, which then the Qatari leadership will be between the hammer of dependence on Iran and Turkey and the anvil of the American anger.

Iran views Qatar as a region of its territory or just another Iranian province, while Turkey deals with Doha as a dairy cow feeding Erdogan’s agendas and expansionist plans. Moreover, the Muslim Brotherhood considers Qatar the center of the group in the Middle East. On the other hand, all this now conflicts with Qatar’s dependence on the United States and the fact that the US has its biggest military base in Qatar. This duality of subordination, which began to tighten the screws on the Doha regime, is an inevitable result of the Qatari hostility to the Arab and Gulf countries and its departure from the Arab and Gulf countries’ rank.

After being designated as a weak and unsatisfied state, from a “political perspective,” like many other countries, which despite their weaknesses, mainly military power, are in a state of denial and always seek to play any role that shows political weight or influence on the international arena but to no avail. Qatar has turned into a failed state and that was confirmed by several indicators, notably the inability of Qatar to interact with other countries as a normal member of the international community, and its resort to build relationships with regimes and organizations classified as terrorist, in addition to its inability to make sovereign decision, especially in relation to foreign affairs; the weakness of the legislative and judicial authority in the country; the transition to a military and security regime but in civilian mask, with the continued deterioration of the economic sectors because of the depletion by the regimes and organizations that dominate the Qatari sovereign decision.

Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre

June19, 2019

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