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Fact Sheet: Preserving Security in the Region


U.S.-Qatar Military Partnership

Countering ISIS and similar extremist groups and deterring Iran have been the primary reasons for American military involvement in the region. Throughout the enduring mission to bring peace to the region and eradicate terrorism, the State of Qatar has been a strategic security partner and a vital ally to America.


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QAI Military Partnership Delegation


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Fact Sheet: Powering the World

Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)

Qatar is leveraging its success in LNG production for the long-term—as part of the country’s national strategy, Qatar is reinvesting much of its LNG export profits into its citizens and in foreign assets as a way to diversify its mainly resource-based economy.


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QAI LNG Delegation


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Fact Sheet: U.S.-Qatar Relations

Key Quotes

Quotes from senior leadership regarding the strategic partnership between the United States and Qatar.


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QAI Key Quotes Delegation


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Fact Sheet: U.S.-Qatar Partnership

Qatar is a full and trusted strategic ally of the United States, as well as a vital military and defense partner.


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QAI US Qatar Partnership Delegation Final
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Qatar’s Aggressive Actions Against Money Laundering and Terrorism Finance

Qatar-America Institute Welcomed Qatar’s Minister of Finance and Governor of the Central Bank of Qatar

Executive Summary:

  • Qatar has a robust legal framework in place to combat money laundering and terrorist financing and Qatar is committed to its effective implementation.
  • Qatar has aggressively adopted new laws to maintain the integrity of Qatar’s financial system and to protect it from abuse by criminal behavior, including terrorist financing and to make Qatar a hostile environment for illicit finance.
  • The scope of these laws is designed to bring all of the financial entities under Qatar’s jurisdiction under the umbrella of one regulatory authority – the National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Committee.
  • The laws and related regulations apply to all relevant sectors, including: banks, Insurance, money transmission services, broker-dealers (securities), asset management financial advisory, designated non-financial businesses, and professions (DNFBPs).
  • Qatar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the United States relating to co-operation on anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing. Qatar is currently hosting annual bilateral workshops with the US (Treasury, Justice and State Departments) and their Qatari counterparties to implement the provisions of the MoU.

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Cyber Attack on the Qatar News Agency

Fake News, Cyber War, and an Attack on International Norms of Sovereignty


Executive Summary:

  • Starting April 19, hackers successfully used VPNs, exploits, and malware to penetrate the website, Twitter, and YouTube pages of the Qatar News Agency (QNA).
  • Fabricated quotes from High Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs were posted on the hacked Twitter page and website of QNA at 12:13 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
  • Traffic logs indicate a spike in visits – anomalous for the late hour – from certain IP addresses in a fellow GCC country in the hour preceding the publication of the fabricated quotes.
  • Immediately after publication, the fabricated quotes became major news in two other GCC countries. Over 20 political figures and senior guests were promptly available – between 1am and 5:30 am local time – to discuss the fabricated quotes and criticize the Qatari government on live television in the two countries.
  • Within 45 minutes of the fabricated quotes’ publication, the Qatari government notified regional media broadcasters of the cyber attack and falsity of the quotes. Media outlets in the two other GCC countries, however, ignored the alert and continued broadcasting the fabricated quotes.
  • A week and a half later, certain Arab countries began severing diplomatic relations with Qatar. Their airspace was restricted to Qatari flights, borders were closed restricting food shipments, and access to Qatari news sources was blocked in their countries.


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