A document authored by the US pro-Israeli Lawfare Project contains useful information about Qatari involvement in the US educational system the role this involvement plays in furthering the country’s agenda. The memo begins:
January 27, 2020 This memorandum examines the application of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, 22 U.S.C. §§ 611–621 (“FARA”), to agents of the government of Qatar, including, inter alia, Qatar Foundation International, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Northwestern University, and primary and secondary school teachers who have participated in teacher-training programs paid for and designed by Qatar. The Lawfare Project has been examining the nature and extent of Qatar’s involvement in the American education system and the influence Qatar exerts through its funding of programs that amount to paid political speech that emphasize an understanding of only the positive aspects of Islam while omitting a balanced discussion of other religions or belief systems. The lack of balance of perspectives that is crucial to a critical understanding of the Middle East is particularly troubling because it is perceived as originating organically from American universities, rather than acknowledged to be the product of Qatar’s influence. Our preliminary review of publicly available documents suggests that FARA applies to Qatar’s activities, and requires that the institutions and individuals benefitting from its funding register as agents of Qatar. Section I of this memorandum provides an overview of Qatar’s activities and influence on the American education system. Section II examines FARA. Section III presents the preliminary conclusion that, based upon publicly available information, registration is required under FARA. Section IV addresses additional considerations with respect to investigating the issues set forth herein.
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