“I address you today to inform you that I will transfer power to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. I am fully confident that he is qualified for the responsibility and is trustworthy and able to carry the message forward. I am full of faith that you will be the best support for him as you supported me ... I am confident too that Tamim will put the interest of the nation and its people as his priority and that the happiness of the Qatari people will be his main goal at all times.” With these words, Qatar begins its leadership transition. What do these changes mean at this moment?
Sheikh Tamim’s next moves
Qatar’s new Emir and the leadership will open a new era security cooperation likely without the assertive foreign policy under the former Emir.Dr. Theodore Karasik
It is important to be clear on Emir Tamim’s portfolios before his appointment. Indeed, the New Emir had many responsibilities for Qatar’s economy. But Emir Tamim has been responsible for arms purchases and policy for the past several years. He is close to the Qatari Chief of Staff Al-Attiyah. Earlier this year, it is assumed that the then-Crown Prince Qatari official had compiled an equipment list worth at least 26 billion dollars. In May 2013, Saab of Sweden was said to be working with Sheikh Tamim to discuss Gripen NG (Next Generation) multirole fighter jet to other fighter jets, including notably the F-16, the Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon. In June 2013, before he became Emir, he became responsible for all aircraft purchases.SHOW MORE