Mahfuza Arjumand Banu
Her name is Lolwah RM Al-Khater. She currently is the spokesperson of Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, possibly one of the most difficult and challenging posts for any individual in today’s world.
Lolwah, who holds a Master’s of Science in Computing and a Master’s of Arts in Public Policy and a Dphil Candidate at the University of Oxford in the area of Oriental Studies looking at the question of Islam and Modernity in the context of the Arab Nahda has been tackling the media in particular in favor of Qatar, when most of the nations in the West as well as in the Middle East are not favorable to this Arab kingdom. She has a long career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs though, it is even much challenging for someone holding Masters in Science, Arts and Public Policy faculties, as she has to face mostly hostile international media. She has been very smartly getting positive coverage in the international media in favor of Qatar and very recently her success story of such achievements has even been expanded up to the United States.
People would argue saying Lolwah is actually turning her impossible missions into possible simply by using her extremely thick wallet, wherefrom she can spend millions and billions of dollars either in buying a politician or a key policymaker or the media. But most people may miss an important point. Lolwah is not accomplishing her goals simply by spending lavishly but she has to fight the waves of oppositions from her Arab neighbors as well as the international community who are not much kind of Qatar.
On May 25, 2019m Lolwah Al-Khater was interviewed by a newspaper named The Monitor where she said, the conflict between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain — has become a “lose-lose situation”.
Referring to the crisis that erupted in June 2017 when Saudi Arabia, the UAE and its allies, including Egypt, severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, Lolwah said, “This is definitely not a healthy situation and has many other consequences, including political consequences, for the entire region. It is going to compromise the security of the region in general”.
Although we do not know the hidden mystery behind this newspaper’s enthusiasm in publishing Lolwah’s interview, whatever may the fact be, it won’t be unwise to say – she really is extremely smart and focused on her goal.
Of course, none of those newspapers asked hard-hitting questions such as why Qatar is funding and patronizing terrorism and radical Islam.
Lolwah Al-Khater has been working as an Independent Policy Analyst participating in conferences and multiple publications, and she is the co-editor of “Policy-making in a Transformative State: the case of Qatar”, a book published by Palgrave Macmillan. Al-Khater also wrote a book titled “Educational Outputs and Labor Market Needs: A study on Labor Market Issues and methods of Addressing Them” and was published through the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Moreover, Lolwah worked as a part-time lecturer at Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and she is a Research Associate at The Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Forum at St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford.
Al-Khater is also a board member at The Institute for Palestine Studies.
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