Qatar: An Overview
The abundant oil reserves allow Qatar to enjoy booming economic prosperity, while the political system is a monarchy dominated by the Al Thani family. One feature of the modern Qatari state highlighted is that Qatar plays a role as a mediator in several regional and international issues. The understanding of the geopolitical challenges in the Gulf region and its openness increased Qatar’s impact gradually, from soft power to a combination of soft and hard power. Research and study centers are involved directly in policy formulation and providing guidelines. Al Jazeera Centre for Studies (AJSC) highly emphasizes its scientific research methodology on issues and phenomena addressed by other media. The main challenges that research centers in Qatar are currently facing include funding, methodology problems, and political bias.