Blood Money


Source: Middle East Forum, March 28, 2019

The film includes commentary from professionals of two Middle East Forum Education Fund grantees, the Center for Security Policy and the Security Studies Group. It also includes speeches delivered at MEF’s Qatar: U.S. Ally or Global Menace conference by Congressman Jack Bergman and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Please watch, share, and send us your feedback.

“Blood Money” deals with how the tiny Gulf Emirate of Qatar funds lobbyists, media outlets, think tanks to advance its agenda in Washington at the expense of the US and our allies.

It explains, through this case study, how the foreign influence and information warfare game works inside the Beltway. It also addresses the emergence of a new, anti-Islamist Middle East and how this unique moment came about.

Featured in the film are two longtime friends of MEF and subject matter experts: David Reaboi, Senior Vice President at the Security Studies Group (SSG), which has, over the course of the last several years, done a lot of work on Qatar and also on the problem of Islamism and its threat to our country and allies. Dr. J Michael Waller, Senior Vice President at the Center for Security Policy (CSP), has been a professor of political warfare and one of the nation’s experts in information and influence operations.

The finished product is remarkably well-made, fast-paced and is guaranteed to be provocative. Watch it here.

To view all of the Middle East Forum’s videos from its Qatar conference, click here.