• Qatari Law Will Test Media Freedom

    Qatari Law Will Test Media Freedom

    Jennifer Lambert
    December 01, 2010

    After years of Qatari efforts to differentiate the country from its neighbors and encourage media freedoms, the Qatari government is set to unveil a new media law at the end of 2010 that has raised fears of possibly restricting certain freedoms.

  • Qatar's New Constitution: Limited Reform from the Top

    Amy Hawthorne
    August 26, 2008

    Qatar is frequently described as being at the vanguard of democratization in the Arab world. A look at the tiny Gulf emirate's new reformist constitution, approved in an April 2003 popular referendum, shows that the document has significant limitations, even as compared to other Arab constitutions.

  • Women's Political Status in the GCC States

    Ebtisam Al Kitbi
    August 20, 2008

    A survey of women's political status in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states shows that in some countries women have recently made considerable progress toward formal equality of political rights, but in others they have not. The governing elite in the GCC countries generally supports women's political rights, but strong social sentiment against women's participation in politics persists.

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