From the Editors
Ali Khalifa al-Kuwari
[Perspectives Editors’ note: Over the last two years of revolt in the Middle East and North Africa, the Arab Gulf has often been portrayed in the regional and international media as an exception, standing in relative stability outside an “arc of history” struggling towards freedom and democracy. Within this discourse, whatever its merits, Qatar has come to occupy a place even further along the axis of exceptionalism, all the more so as nearly all of its neighbors – Kuwait, ...Keep Reading »
Born in Qatar in 1941, Dr. Ali Khalifah al-Kuwari received a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom. Subsequently, he held several academic positions in Qatar and published more than four dozen books and articles in both Arabic and English. Dr. Kuwari has also held a number of positions in the private sector in Qatar, including serving as Vice-Chairman of the Qatar Liquefied Gas company and Vice-Chairman of the National Company for Petroleum Products. The book which he edited and which appears as a short excerpt in this issue of Perspectives, The People Want Reform...In Qatar Too, was published in 2012 by the Beirut-based Al-Maaref Forum.
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