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WPR's The New Rules: Qatar World Cup a Return on Investment

 

The decision by FIFA, soccer's world governing body, to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was momentous on many levels, but historic on one key score: Never before has a global sporting event of such stature been awarded to a country so clearly stuck in a "bad neighborhood" like the Persian Gulf, where the potential for large-scale regional war between now and 2022 is far from theoretical. FIFA's decision was bold alright, but it also signals the international community's growing faith in what Gulf Cooperation Council countries like Qatar have achieved in promoting economic and network connectivity with the outside world. You could say that the 2022 World Cup is globalization's way of returning the favor.

Read the entire column at World Politics Review.

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i have a lot of happy for my love country have a good opportunity to live fifa world cup 2022. I Love Qatar.......

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermohamed yusuf al thani

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