PEACE COMES AT A PRICE
The Institute for Economics and Peace ranked Qatar 34th out of 163 independent states and territories in terms of the success it has had in maintaining peace.
The ranking also indicated that Qatar was the most peaceful country in the GCC, well ahead of its neighbours Kuwait (rank - 51), the UAE (rank - 61), Oman (rank - 74), Saudi Arabia (rank - 129) and Bahrain (rank - 132), which have all taken a hit due to the war in Yemen, terror attacks and government crackdowns.
But the report notes that maintaining peace and security in Qatar has cost the country some $18 billion, primarily in weapons imports. This report comes only a few days after news that Qatar has signed a contract for the purchase of “Super Mushshak” training aircraft from Pakistan which will provide the support needed to train pilot candidates at the Military College.