Qatar’s Global-Local Nexus: From Soft to Nested Power?

  • Abdulaziz Al Horr
  • Ghalia Al Thani
  • M. Evren Tok
  • Hany Besada
  • Ben O’Bright
  • Jason McSparren


This chapter proposes that the existing literature and discussions pertaining to Qatar’s international visibility, impact, and image fail to take into consideration the “nested” nature of its power. In this chapter, we define “nested power” and use it as a calculated approach to international relations, using multiple levels of interactions. The nature of nested power refers to the ability of a state to use various tools and resources, at the domestic, regional, and international levels, in order to manipulate them for the desired effect. The state is able to act in a multi-dimensional manner that allows it to be defined in various ways, having strongholds and influence in various industries and among different alliances, which all contribute to its foreign policy agenda. In this sense, how does nested power operate? Although it seems that Qatar’s nested power approach is well orchestrated by the existing leadership, the question remains, is this approach a systematic one? Does it cascade down to second and third generations of potential political leaders? Is there any link between Qatar’s nested power practice and the National Vision? Is there a plan for sustainability? Is this practice of nested power a high or a low maintenance approach? What are the limitations? What are the constraints?


Foreign Policy Small State Nest Nature Gulf Cooperation Council Humanitarian Assistance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdulaziz Al Horr
    • 1
  • Ghalia Al Thani
    • 2
  • M. Evren Tok
    • 3
  • Hany Besada
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  • Ben O’Bright
    • 8
  • Jason McSparren
    • 9
  1. 1.Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA)DohaQatar
  2. 2.International Cooperation DepartmentNational Human Rights Committee of QatarDohaQatar
  3. 3.Public Policy in Islam ProgramQatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Hamad bin Khalifa UniversityDohaQatar
  4. 4.African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC)United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in AfricaOttawaCanada
  5. 5.Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in AfricaOttawaCanada
  6. 6.Institute of African StudiesCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  7. 7.Centre on GovernanceUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  8. 8.Centre on GovernanceUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  9. 9.Global Governance & Human Security McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Governance University of MassachusettsBostonUSA

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