David Roberts

Snapshot
David Roberts

What explains Qatar's foreign policy adventurism? For one, the U.S. security guarantee gives it room to play in the region. In addition, some policies -- particularly those that facilitate discussions between the United States and its enemies (Hamas, the Taliban) -- are aimed at making Qatar uniquely important to Washington.

Snapshot
David Roberts

Although Qatar has been an active player in the Middle East for some time, its intervention in Libya represented a dramatic break with its behind-the-scenes diplomacy of the past. Qatar hopes to turn its aid to the Libyan rebels into a role as an invaluable go-between for Western countries looking to engage post-Qaddafi Libya.