Rethinking Soft Power in the Post-Blockade Times: The Case of Qatar

Abdulaziz M. al-Horr, M. Evren Tok, Tekla Gagoshidze

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This study seeks to advance the understanding of the utility of “soft power” by exploring the case of Qatar. The country's approach is conceptualized as “nested power” through the examination of its political strategies before and after the regional blockade in 2017. The role of soft and nested power in Qatar has already been examined through various vantage points, such as small state diplomacy, mediation, and sports. Since the blockade has been for Qatar a great strategic dilemma, examination of how it affected power dynamics reveals the salience as well as the resilience of Qatar's soft and nested power. The article will discuss the concepts of “soft” and “nested” powers and their relevance to the state of Qatar in general and it will focus in the final section on the post-blockade period. In doing so, we also seek useful approaches, which can be compatible with, and even advance “global international relations” (IR). The movement to make IR more global and inclusive is a welcome feature of the current century, reflective of the burgeoning role of the “Global South.”.

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JournalDigest of Middle East Studies
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Rethinking Soft Power in the Post-Blockade Times : The Case of Qatar. / al-Horr, Abdulaziz M.; Tok, M. Evren; Gagoshidze, Tekla.

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