The organisers of the Qatar, Global Security & Stability Conference, taking place in at the Intercontinental Hotel at the 02 Centre in London on 14th September, have today announced the programme for the conference, highlighting issues including:
- Qatar’s sponsorship of proscribed terror groups to extend its influence in the region;
- Human rights abuses and the denial of democracy within Qatar;
- The role of Al Jazeera along with other soft power tool to promote its aims.
The conference, which is the first of its type, will bring together hundreds of world-renowned political figures, policy makers, academics, commentators to discuss democracy, human rights, press freedom and counter-terrorism in Qatar. It is being organised by the Qatari businessman and reformist, Mr Khalid Al-Hail, along with a number of exiled Qataris, who are seeking a resolution to the regional crisis and a more stable future for Qatar.
The conference programme has been assembled in great secrecy, because of concerns about the reaction of the Qatari regime. The names of the speakers, who include leading Western and Middle Eastern politicians, World Affairs commentators and experts on terrorism and the media, will be released tomorrow.
“The aim of this conference is to highlight the true facts about Qatar that are not being voiced because of the power wielded by the current regime in Qatar,” said Mr Khalid al-Hail, spokesman for the Qatari opposition.
The conference programme will be split into five panels:
- Qatar: Political Islam and terrorist support
Addressing the contradictory stand that Qatar has taken in opposition to other Gulf states in its support of Political Islam and terrorist groups.
- Qatar and Iran’s Foreign Policy: A Source for Regional Instability
Focussing on how Qatar and Iran’s foreign policy has contributed to the general instability and insecurity that now characterises the regions of the Middle East and North Africa. It will look at the extent to which Qatar and Iran, in pursuit of their own self-interest, have had a detrimental effect on stability in the region.
- A forbidden debate: Qatar’s aspirations for global prestige, democracy and human rights
This panel will look at Qatar’s abuses of human rights in the context of the 2022 Football World Cup as well as examining its breaking of international human rights laws.
- Al-Jazeera: Free Press vs. Voice of terror?
In the early days of Al-Jazeera it was considered a beacon of free press and a challenge to authoritarian Middle East regimes. Recent coverage shows a more biased coverage synergetic to Qatar’s foreign policy. Using a number of exclusive sources, this panel will examine the spectrum of thought about Al-Jazeera.
- A Vicious Circle: Economy, Geopolitics and Global Energy Security
Addressing some of the chief characteristics of Qatari foreign policy including its diplomatic ambivalence, its quest for security and subsequently regional hegemony and the manner in which Doha has used its economic largesse and natural gas reservoirs to carve itself a larger role in the region, often to the detriment of its neighbours and allies.
The organisers of the conference are also publishing a further of exclusive research papers into the situation within Qatar. These can be found at the conference website www.qataraffairs.com.
For further information and to register to attend contact:
Jason Nisse +44 7596 966552
Stephanie Fleming + 44 7745 747438
Steve Rabinowitz +1 202 494 7655