Caabu online member's briefing with Kristian Coates Ulrichsen: Are the Gulf Standoffs Resolvable?

Date: Thursday, 2 Apr 2020 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Caabu invites all members to an online briefing on Thursday 2 April 2020 at 11am (GMT) with Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Fellow for the Middle East, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and Author of  Qatar and Gulf Crisis.

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This presentation will examine the trajectory of political and security dynamics in the Gulf in view of the ongoing rift within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the death of Sultan Qaboos in Oman, the escalation of tension between Iran and the United States, and the questioning of U.S. security guarantees. Key issues for consideration include the orientation of the GCC under a new Secretary-General and the prospects for mediation between Qatar and its neighbours, the future of Omani domestic and foreign policy under Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, eventual transitions to new leadership in Bahrain and Kuwait, and whether the progressive internationalization of the Gulf may bring about greater balance in regional security and political structures in the longer-term. 


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When: Thursday 2 April 2020, 11:00 (please note that in the UK, clocks go forward by one hour on 29 March


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About the speaker

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Ph.D., is the Fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston as well as an Associate Fellow with the Middle East North Africa Programme at Chatham House.

Working across the disciplines of political science, international relations and international political economy, his research examines the changing position of Persian Gulf states in the global order, as well as the emergence of longer-term, nonmilitary challenges to regional security. Previously, he worked as senior Gulf analyst at the Gulf Center for Strategic Studies between 2006 and 2008 and as co-director of the Kuwait Program on Development, Governance and Globalization in the Gulf States at the London School of Economics (LSE) from 2008 until 2013.

Coates Ulrichsen has published extensively. 

He Tweets @Dr_Ulrichsen.

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