In June 2013, when Qatar’s emir, Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, retired and handed power to his son Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, many observers questioned whether Doha’s foreign policy would undergo any change. After all, Qatar’s policy on Egypt and Syria had diminished considerably because of what was seen as “policy overstretch” by Doha. Libya turned out to be a failure, resulting in lasting hatred by some Libyans for Doha’s interference. Observers of Qatari politics noted that the country seemed to be “in a freeze” since June 2013.
Qatar is clearly reasserting itself as a broker on the regional stage with implications for Doha’s ability to act as a mediator between Iran and Western powers.Dr. Theodore Karasik
The late October 2013 interview with Qatari Foreign Minister Attiyah also focused on the collapse of the opposition leading up to what is likely to be a failed Geneva II meeting with members of the Syrian spectrum. His statement focused on the international community’s action, or lack thereof, on Syria: