by Khaled Hamoud Alshareef
Qatar successfully beaten it’s opponents and managed to put them under the spotlight.
Qatar is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into top academic institutions in the EU and US, since 2012.
The Qataris poured hundreds of millions into universities according to a Financial Times analysis of the US education department’s Foreign Gifts and Contracts Report.
Qatar’s influence operations have largely been successful and have enabled the country to amass outsized political influence across Europe and the U.S. particularly in Washington, D.C., where some of many powerful diplomats and political insiders operate on Doha’s behalf.
Qatar funded prominent White House-tied think-tanks such as Brookings Institution, the extent of its massive influence operations helped Qatar exert itself as a potential candidate for leadership in the Middle East while undermining the security and reputation of its neighbors.
However, that is just the tip of the iceberg as Qatari clandestine influence operations, which includes the funding of U.S. public school curriculum and training programs for local police forces, to win over international powerbrokers.
The Qataris are playing a very clever game that adapt to the Muslim Brotherhood social and political infiltration doctrine.
The Qataris benefit from the already existing MB social networks in the United States and Europe to speed up their efforts.
Qataris aim to control the knowledge of what their opposition are doing and promptly counter it as Qatar aim to continue its desruptive activities against it’s GCC neighbors. Qatar has grown closer to Iran and continues to maintain ties with many terror groups and MB offshoots.
Qatar is actively trying to seize the cultural leadership or soft power leadership of the Arab world through transformation of youth in the Arab world using many U.S. universities that operate campuses in Qatar, providing Qatar with avenues to wage information campaigns.
An example of this is Carnegie Mellon University that runs a campus in Doha.
Carnegie Mellon is the number one computer science school in the United States. It’s not a surprise that someone at the forefront of cyber warfare would want to have that intellectual property in Doha.
Qatar successfully beaten it’s opponents and managed to put them under the spotlight through its success in gaining the aid and support of the popular opinion on the left and maintaining a deep successful relationship with the deep state in the United States.
Qataris successful soft power module is designed in the same way as that of the Muslim Brotherhood. Qatar’s opponents must take the battle onto the NGO’s Qatar runs or funds to gain a foothold in the battle against extremists.
Additionally the Qatari opponents should focus on winning the support of the silent majority in the United States and Europe through efforts in supporting the community, scholarships and minimizing the gap between themselves and the Qatari, MB alliance.
Khaled Homoud Alshareef holds PhD in Business and he earned Masters in Philosophy. He regularly tweets under @0khalodi0.