Michael Greenwald
The Saudi-Qatar Split: What is the Real Story?

Michael Greenwald

Senior Vice President, Tiedmann Wealth Management

November 30, 2017 12:00 PM    Roundtable

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Qatar, with just 313,000 citizens, is the richest country per capita in the world, but in June, Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations and imposed an economic blockade on the tiny gas and oil-rich state, accusing it of supporting terrorism. The Saudi move, supported by four other Arab states, seems to have backfired. Qatar, home to Al Jazeera television network and the 2022 host of the World Cup, has been forced to find alternative ways to import food, medicine and other goods, turning increasingly towards Iran – Saudi Arabia’s nemesis. The underlying reasons for the blockade reach into the dark and complex power struggle that is currently underway in the Gulf, involving the ambitious plans of the 32 year-old Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, and his supporters and opponents.

Michael Greenwald, former US Treasury Attaché to Qatar, will discuss the economic, national security and political impacts of the blockade and the implications for US policy going forward at a LAWAC roundtable discussion on Thursday, November 30. Greenwald will talk about the mixed signals coming from Washington, which has expressed support for Saudi Arabia and yet does not want to alienate Qatar, a key US ally. Ten thousand US troops operate out of Al Udeid Air Base, just outside the Qatari capital of Doha, from where they oversee operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Michael Greenwald is a Senior Vice President of Tiedemann Wealth Management. Prior to joining Tiedemann in 2017, Michael worked for more than 10 years in senior diplomatic roles within the US government, serving as a financial diplomat in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, Michael served as the first United States Treasury Attaché appointed to Qatar and Kuwait, and opened the Treasury Department’s office in Doha, Qatar in August 2015. Prior to that role, Michael served as the head of the United States delegation to the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism before the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. Michael has also served in a variety of roles in the US Intelligence Community and in the Office of General Counsel at the US Treasury working closely with the National Security Council at the White House.

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This roundtable event is only for LAWAC board, Consular Corps and International Circle members. If you're interested in joining the International Circle please call Sarah Tran at (424) 258-6160.