For the last two years, Qatar, home of Al Jazeera, has been under an air, land, and sea blockade that was imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. The region has effectively cut diplomatic and trade ties the small Gulf state, claiming it supported "terrorism" and was too close to Iran.There has since been little progress towards a resolution. Qatar and the UAE remain locked in a battle at the International Court of Justice after Doha filed a racial discrimination case. While ordinary Qatari citizens may not be feeling the impact of the blockade, Qatar's foreign workers — which make up 88% of the country’s population are being deeply effected, with challenges to food security, medical aid, and basic needs.
Join us for a discussion on politics, culture, and education in Qatar and the road ahead. This panel discussion will feature Michael Mills, WorldOregon Board of Advisors member, who went on a World Affairs Councils of America leadership mission to meet with leaders in Qatar this past year; Tavie Kittridge, a member of WorldOregon's 2018-2019 Young Leaders in Action and a senior at Lincoln High School, who just returned from a youth leadership mission to the Gulf state; Peyton Chapman, WorldOregon Board of Advisors member and Principal of Lincoln High School, who started a successful Arabic language program with funds from the Qatar Foundation; and Birol Yesilada, director of Portland State University's Hatfield School of Government, an expert in the geopolitics of the region.