Ninety-six (96) local, regional, and international organizations and entities (prime actors) have been identified as influential in the life of Syria. In the chart below, the left column ranks the prime actors from most influential in shaping the life in Syria (Russia) to the least influential (Relief International).
The chart also shows the classification of prime actors into five stances indicating the actor's support and contribution to inclusive nationalism for Syria, starting from the most committed (Core) to the least committed (Saboteur).
Amount of influence of Qatar in the life of Syria, and the commitment of Qatar to inclusive nationalism for Syria.
25 prime actors participated in the following:
- Determining the rank of Qatar according to the amount of its influence on life in Syria. As shown in the chart below, Qatar ranked 9th most influential prime actor.
- Assessing and classifying Qatar according to its commitment to inclusive nationalism for Syria (also indicated in the same row by the colored rectangle). Of the 25 prime actors who participated in the assessments, more agreed that Qatar falls under the category of 'Opportunistic'. A prime actor assessed as Opportunistic is seen as willing to build a sovereign, stable, inclusive, and developing Syria, but only when it serves its own interests.
In response to the question, “How is Qatar important in the life of Syria?”
Round 3 participants stated (Nov. 2016 - Jul. 2017):
"They fund a lot of Islamic groups, perhaps even the Islamic State.” (239312)
"They finance most of the opposition armed groups in Syria.” (236592)
"They may have a role in rebuilding.” (235781)
"Support Opposition.” (236371)
"The United States assigned roles to each of the countries. They do what the United States says. Kissinger said, "It's not in the interest of the United States to resolve any conflict in the world." They will control [Syria] for its own benefit. (This applies to all Middle East countries).” (230713)
"They have an important role, which should be bigger in the conflict.” (233881)
"They arm the opposition and host some of them. They can be spoilers.” (238631)
Round 2 participants stated (Aug. 2016 - Oct. 2017):
“They wanted to abort the Syrian revolution with a directed-type of finance and media (Al Jazeera). They have close ties with Salafists. They were even allowed a bigger role than deserved by the media. They supported armed factions.” (220291)
“Qatar fully supports the Muslim Brotherhood. They have an important role in the media. They negatively impact [the situation] by supporting Islamists and polishing the images of radical public figures. They also support the interim government.” (223881)
“They aren't important. I don't know why they are involved. Why them, and not the United Arab Emirates or Kuwait?” (221211)
“[They are spending] money.” (223911)
Round 1 participants stated (Jan. 2016 - May 2016):
“70% of the opposition is on Qatar's payroll.” (215261)