He Is Known As “The Wolf” – the Qatari Foreign Policies Strategist
There is no doubt that current Gulf Crisis does not benefit all the parties involved. The recent dispute is especially not in favor of Qatar, which was boycotted by its neighbors (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt). Qatar was accused in practicing an ambitious foreign policy with different priorities to its neighbors and supporting radicalism and terrorism. However, Qatar denied all accusations and claimed to be under siege.
For most of its history, Qatar has been known as a very rich country with the world’s third-largest natural-gas reserves. The country has also always been an effective regional and global player in a political arena since the late 90s. This had started ever since “Godfather of Doha’s dubious deals” Hamad Bin Jassim al-Thani came into power. Jassim also served as Prime Minister from 2007 to 2013 and was the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the same time. He was not only interested in the tense politics in the Middle East, but also in making a fortune for himself.
Former Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani has been out of sight since he left power in 2013. However, after the latest crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors began, media interest in Sheikh Hamad has resurfaced. Nine months after the Gulf Boycott started, Hamad bin Jassim posted a tweet on Twitter addressing the Gulf countries with the demand to work closely together to resolve the country’s crisis. This unexpected appearance recalls the memory of the previous Gulf Crisis in 2014; when KSA, UAE, and Bahrain called back their ambassadors from Doha. At that stage, Hamad bin Jassim was requested to come back to Doha by the former prince Hamad Bin Khalifa. Hamad bin Jassim left his luxury apartment in London to come back to his country and succeeded in resolving the conflict.
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim has proven his experience throughout his long political career in resolving conflicts in Sudan, Chad, Djibouti and Eretria. Besides, he has extensive influence in resolving controversial conflicts and equivocal disputes.
His impressive political career and recent digital appearance via Twitter has given important indications that it is not only a preface for his meditator role between Qatar ruler and the boycott alliance leaders.
A long time has passed since Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the current Emir of Qatar, entered into a conflict with the four most powerful countries in the region. Those countries are classified as important on all the economical, geopolitical, and investment levels whether individually or combined. Prince Tamim is almost rejected by these countries’ rulers and he is not skilled enough in one-to-one negotiations. That is why international parties which are interested in resolving the Gulf Crisis find Hamad Bin Jassim capable of solving this problem if he will replace Qatari Prince. They believe that Sheikh Hamad will have a fresh start with his neighboring countries with some edge of pragmatism, unlike the current prince of Qatar.
Some analysts went far in their predictions claiming that the Hamad Bin Jassim promotion was not only suggested by some diplomatic circles in Europe and USA, but rather by some family members as well. They are willing to convince Prince Tamim himself that it is in interest of Qatar if “The Wolf ” comes back to power.