Qatar and Omnibalancing Escaping the Saudi Regional Hegemony

LAUR Repository

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Bitar, Houda
dc.date.accessioned 2022-04-05T12:58:48Z
dc.date.available 2022-04-05T12:58:48Z
dc.date.copyright 2020 en_US
dc.date.issued 2020-06-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/13454
dc.description.abstract Taking as its backdrop the severing of diplomatic ties and the imposition of economic sanctions on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies in June 2017, this thesis examines the sources of the turbulent relationship between Qatar and its larger neighbor: Saudi Arabia. The thesis analyzes this critical relationship from the perspective of Qatar. Its aim is to explain why Qatar has historically pushed back against toeing the Saudi foreign policy line; and why it has largely succeeded in achieving this feat. The thesis interrogates Qatari contemporary history and its external relations in order to discern the factors that encouraged, and enabled, Qatar to pursue a policy of balancing against – rather than bandwagoning with – Saudi Arabia. The thesis draws on the theoretical framework provided by the International Relations theory of omnibalancing. It argues that Qatar’s historic alliance with the United States and its close relationship to Iran (at least in comparison to the other Gulf States) were driven by a Qatari quest to deter any possible Saudi military intervention and (more broadly) to escape Saudi regional hegemony. A brief comparison between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar regarding their stances towards Saudi Arabia shows that Bahrain bandwagoned with Saudi Arabia due to regime security calculations. Kuwait and Oman maintained more independent foreign policy stances, but without defying Saudi Arabia. Qatar was the only Gulf state to challenge Saudi regional hegemony. The thesis argues that the political, economic, and military ties that Qatar established with regional (Iran) and international actors– as well as its oil wealth and reliance on “soft power” – supported its quest to balance against Saudi regional hegemony. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Qatar -- Foreign relations -- Saudi Arabia en_US
dc.subject Saudi Arabia -- Foreign relations -- Qatar en_US
dc.subject Qatar -- Foreign relations -- 21st century en_US
dc.subject Balance of power -- Political aspects en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Qatar and Omnibalancing Escaping the Saudi Regional Hegemony en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201504346 en_US
dc.author.commembers Rowayheb, Marwan
dc.author.commembers Salamey, Imad
dc.author.department Social and Education Sciences en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 online resource (ix, 88 leaves) en_US
dc.author.advisor Baroudi, Sami
dc.keywords Qatar en_US
dc.keywords Saudi Arabia en_US
dc.keywords Foreign Policy en_US
dc.keywords Omnibalancing en_US
dc.keywords Bandwagoning en_US
dc.keywords Balance of Power Theory en_US
dc.keywords GCC Countries en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Bibliography: leaf 84-88. en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2022.328
dc.author.email houda.bitar@lau.edu en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/thesis.php en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search LAUR

Advanced Search


My Account