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Qatar’s Winning of 2022 World Cup Produces First Peace Dividend

By James M. Dorsey On January - 22 - 2011

By James M. Dorsey

The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog

Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup appears to be producing its first peace dividend. As part of its need to put infrastructure for the tournament in place, Qatar has revived plans to build a bridge to the Gulf island state of Bahrain. That may not sound like a big deal but relations between the two states have been troubled by disputes over territory and fishing rights.

Dubbed the "Friendship Bridge," Qatar and Bahrain first discussed plans to build the 40 kilometer-long bridge more than a decade ago. A 2001 International Court of Justice decision in the two Gulf states’ dispute over the Hawar Islands in favour of Bahrain did little to smooth feathers and put the bridge project back on track.

Qatar’s need to fill its stadia during the World Cup has however suddenly elevated...

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