Qatar's Palace Intrigues and Reshaping of the Middle East

With rumors circulating that Qatar's ruler will abdicate the throne to one his sons, the world is left to speculate about the consequences of yet another game-changing policy innovation in the tiny emirate.

Rumors of anticipated changes in the Qatari regime have been circulating for months. At first, they spread among bloggers; then they made their way to Facebook, and finally, they ended up in the established Arab and Western media.