A seminar with Robert Mason, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and Director, Middle East Studies Center, American University in Cairo.

Talk Abstract

The recent Gulf-Qatar crisis has underscored the perils associated with small state foreign policy assertiveness, over-reach and encroachment on other's spheres of interest. This talk summarizes the key features of Qatari and Emirati foreign policy and their respective successes and failures at enhancing, projecting and sustaining influence. It concludes with assertions on under what conditions a small state can elevate itself to a 'tipping point' of middle powerhood.