"Beyond its borders, Qatar has championed revolution, public protest and demands for democracy around the region."
Tamim bin Hamad Al Thanihad just turned 15 years old the summer his father overthrew his grandfather. It was June 1995. While Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, was traveling in Switzerland, Tamim's father deposed him in a bloodless coup.
Two months later, Tamim donned a straw boater and dark morning suit, the uniform of the elite English boarding school Harrow, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its September issue. Within two years, he was enrolled at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where British Army officers are trained and Arab leaders have groomed their offspring for decades.
Now, at 33, Sheikh Tamim has taken over as emir after Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, 61, announced his abdication on June 25. The succession is extraordinary in two ways. It's rare for a leader in the Persian Gulf not to cling to power until death. It's equally unusual for a transfer of power in the region to go smoothly.