• Article // Jul 17, 2013
    Thomas W. Lippman
    When the young Shaykh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani became ruler of Qatar last month after his father stepped aside in a seamless transition, one of his first official acts was to seal the generational shift by appointing a new prime minister. The man he chose, Shaykh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, is a veteran security official who will also become minister of interior. For the other monarchies of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, however, the lessons to be learned from the changes in Qatar lie less in the identities of individuals than in how to perpetuate a dynasty without protest or domestic controversy.