The Washington Times - June 24, 2009, 04:53PM

As an oil-rich nation in the Persian Gulf, Qatar continues leveraging its vast natural resources and media empire to gain regional clout that far outweighs its tiny size.

With an economy just a fraction of its wealthy neighbors, Qatar’s strategic geography and forward-looking emir have enabled the nation of just over 830,000 people to insert itself into several regional conflicts, with mixed results.

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