Qatar’ Emergence on the World Stage

The World Affairs Council of Charleston (SC) announces an international business topic luncheon on November 3, 2022 with a focus on Qatar.

Qatar's Emergence on the World Stage

It seems Qatar has been a country hiding under rocks for many years. However, its designation in January 2022 by President Biden as a "major non NATO ally" is significant. He went on to explain:

This is partly due to the many years of contributions to the U.S. led efforts in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, and in recognition of our own national interest in deepening bilateral and security cooperation.

Qatar provided key logistical support during and after the Afghan evacuation. It also served as a diplomatic representative of the U.S. in Afghanistan since December 2021. U.S. officials continue to engage with the Taliban political office in Doha.

Qatar joins Bahrain, Israel and Kuwait as major non-NATO allies in the region. Qatar's population is approximately 2.8 million people. The country is considered one of the wealthiest country's in the world. It is a major exporter of natural gas and petroleum to world markets, especially to Japan, South Korea, India and China.

Qatar will also be the first ever Arab country to host the upcoming FIFA World Cup games from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

We are lucky to have an expert on Qatar for our October international business luncheon program. Dr. Courtney Jean-Freer is a post doctoral fellow from Emory University in Atlanta. She is also a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a non-resident fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institute.

Courtney's work focuses on the domestic politics of the Arab states and Islamism. She received her DPhil in politics from the University of Oxford (in England). She previously lived in Doha working at the Brookings Doha Data Center. She holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from The George Washington University.

Program Details:
Date: Thursday, November 3, 2022
Time: Check-in, networking reception, 11:30-12:00 noon
Lunch presentation: 12:05 PM
Q&A: Approximately, 1:05 PM
Close: 1:30 PM

Location: Halls Signature Events, 5 Faber Place, (behind the SNOB restaurant), downtown Charleston, SC 29401
Cost: Including buffet lunch: $45

Reservations and prepayment are required. Payment can be made on-line at or by mailing a check to World Affairs Council of Charleston, P.O. Box 21260, Charleston, SC 29413-1260.

The World Affairs Council of Charleston, South Carolina is a 501-3c non-profit organization. Its mission is to educate and engage the wider Charleston community through timely non-partisan activities on world affairs and international relations.

For further information or questions please contact Ken Fox at 843-763-3150 or at


This program funded by the Global Business Resource Center at the College of Charleston through the U.S. Dept. of Education Title VIB Business and International Studies Program

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