The Gist explores relations with Qatar and NSF science funding under House examination.

Should the U.S. Consider Qatar a Friend? An Enemy? A Frenemy?

Should the U.S. Consider Qatar a Friend? An Enemy? A Frenemy?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 6 2014 5:29 PM

Qatar: Friend or Frenemy?

Our largest Middle East military base is there, but what is the U.S. getting in exchange?

141006-thegist-qatar
A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby Bahrain.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo Public Domain.

Listen to Episode 108 of Slate’s The Gist:

gist_dailyemails

Today on The Gist, the home of the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East is Qatar. Jeremy Shapiro from Brookings Institute explains if we should consider Qatar a friend or frenemy. Plus, Jeffrey Mervis from Science explains why house Republicans are sniffing around National Science Foundation funding decisions. To end the show, Mike’s Spiel from the stage of Slate’s Live SuperFest in San Francisco.

Join the discussion of this episode on Facebook.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.