"Mehran Kamrava, a well-known expert on the middle East and the Persian Gulf, continues to contribute immensely to the intellectual life of Doha where he has been working since the establishment of Centre for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University's School of Forgein Service in Qatar.Therefore, his book entitled Qatar: Small State, Big Politics came as no surprise and indeed is very much welcome." —Erdem Tunçer, Perceptions: Jounral of International Affairs(Fall 2013)
"In this impressive book, Mehran Kamrava addresses the remarkable phenomenon of tiny Qatar and whether or not it is likely to become a major regional force. Crucially, he sets Qatar apart from its other resource-rich monarchical neighbors by placing necessary emphasis on its emerging foreign policy."—Christopher M. Davidson, Durham University, author of After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies
"This very well-written book uses Qatar as a vehicle to discuss big ideas like the nature of power, state autonomy, and high modernism."—F. Gregory Gause, University of Vermont, author of Oil Monarchies
"Mehran Kamrava, who is an established authority on the Persian Gulf, has generated the most readable and analytically rich studies of this subregion with great consistency. It is good to see him turn his sharp eye toward the subregion's most interesting state actor today—namely Qatar. In his brilliant new book on this small but economically dynamic Gulf state, Kamrava provides the reader with a comprehensive analysis of this country's power pyramid and the policy imperatives of its modernizing elite alongside a full analysis of the essence of its 'subtle power,’ indeed 'soft power,’ as he maps what he calls Doha’s ‘hyperactive’ diplomacy and regional conduct. This book will excite even the keenest observer of the Gulf for its ability to delve deep while also painting the most intricate conceptual canvass for Qatar’s ‘moment in history.’ Honestly, I read it cover to cover and enjoyed learning something new from its every page! Kamrava never fails to deliver."—Anoush Ehteshami, author of Dynamics of Change in the Persian Gulf: Political Economy, War and Revolution
About the Author
Mehran Kamrava is Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, Iran’s Intellectual Revolution and The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War, 3rd edition. He is also the editor of The International Politics of the Persian Gulf, Innovation in Islam: Traditions and Contributions, The Political Economy of the Persian Gulf, and The Nuclear Question in the Middle East.