A distinguishing feature of the contemporary Gulf region is that its political economy, regional relationships, and linkages with key international powers are evolving in a rapid and potentially unpredictable manner. In the context of economic challenges, regional states are facing a critical moment in terms of whether they can achieve a degree of sustainability to ensure stability for future generations. While clear economic challenges exist, identities and movements have become more politicized based not only on domestic factors, but also the regional zeitgeist which has brought Islamism and tribal identities to the forefront. A polarization of views has extended to regional politics within the Gulf region, with the rift between Qatar and neighboring states, restricting cooperation during an era when it is needed more than ever.
Yet within this context, the role of international powers, and in particular the United States, seems less committed than at any point in its history of relations with the Middle East acting as a regional security guarantor.
It is on this basis that the webinar panel seeks to engage and examine key issues which are shaping the Gulf region’s future.
Dr. Steve Wright
Associate Professor and Associate Dean,
Dr. Beverley Milton-Edwards
Professor of Politics, Queen’s University Belfast; Security Theme Leader, The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice; and Senior Advisor, Policy and Planning Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar
Dr. Courtney Freer
Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science
Dr. Luciano Zaccara
Research Coordinator in Gulf Politics,
Gulf Studies Center,
Dr. Kristian Coates-Ulrichsen
Baker Institute Fellow for the Middle East,
Baker Institute for Public Policy,