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Conference on the Gulf region: Domestic Dynamics and Global-Regional Perspectives. Implications for the EU

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  • Mon 20 Apr 2015 09.00 - 17.30
  • Tue 21 Apr 2015 09.00 - 12.00
  Add to Calendar 2015-04-20 9:00 2015-04-21 12:00 Europe/Paris Conference on the Gulf region: Domestic Dynamics and Global-Regional Perspectives. Implications for the EU

Through prominence in the energy field, economic dynamism and active stance as an international investor, Gulf States have emerged as global players. In spite of recurrent tensions, the Gulf Co-operation Council integration process continues, while its members also pursue individual international agendas. The Gulf countries face numerous political and economic challenges but remain relatively stable and play a more assertive and at times controversial role in the intricate post Arab Awakening developments.
Against this backdrop, the conference will explore in a multidisciplinary way the Gulf region, its domestic, regional, transnational and international developments as well as the impact these may have on its partnership with the EU. The event will bring together academics of diverse disciplines, policy-makers, journalists working on and in the Gulf to confront views on an oft-mentioned yet under-researched region.
What does an era of reduced oil income entail for Gulf countries’ stability? What is so exceptional in the demography of states? How do the Gulf States weigh – notably financially - in the transition processes of their Arab neighbors? What do Gulf States seek and risk in Yemen? In what ways do Gulf sovereign wealth funds impact European business and economies? How do city-states manufacture diplomacies? What are the end-goals of the Gulf Co-operation Council integration process? Why is the relationship between the Gulf and the EU under-developed? How do Gulf States deal with radicalism and religious minorities?
Three sessions will introduce the Gulf states as emerging world – yet domestically-constrained – players; as regional players; and lastly as transnational religious contenders. They will be preceded by a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Abdel-Aziz Abu Hamad Aluwaisheg, Assistant Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Gulf Co-operation Council.

Conference Room, Villa la Fonte DD/MM/YYYY
  Conference Room, Villa la Fonte

Through prominence in the energy field, economic dynamism and active stance as an international investor, Gulf States have emerged as global players. In spite of recurrent tensions, the Gulf Co-operation Council integration process continues, while its members also pursue individual international agendas. The Gulf countries face numerous political and economic challenges but remain relatively stable and play a more assertive and at times controversial role in the intricate post Arab Awakening developments.
Against this backdrop, the conference will explore in a multidisciplinary way the Gulf region, its domestic, regional, transnational and international developments as well as the impact these may have on its partnership with the EU. The event will bring together academics of diverse disciplines, policy-makers, journalists working on and in the Gulf to confront views on an oft-mentioned yet under-researched region.
What does an era of reduced oil income entail for Gulf countries’ stability? What is so exceptional in the demography of states? How do the Gulf States weigh – notably financially - in the transition processes of their Arab neighbors? What do Gulf States seek and risk in Yemen? In what ways do Gulf sovereign wealth funds impact European business and economies? How do city-states manufacture diplomacies? What are the end-goals of the Gulf Co-operation Council integration process? Why is the relationship between the Gulf and the EU under-developed? How do Gulf States deal with radicalism and religious minorities?
Three sessions will introduce the Gulf states as emerging world – yet domestically-constrained – players; as regional players; and lastly as transnational religious contenders. They will be preceded by a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Abdel-Aziz Abu Hamad Aluwaisheg, Assistant Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Gulf Co-operation Council.


Location:
Conference Room, Villa la Fonte

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Conference

Contact:
RSCAS Conference Centre - Send a mail

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Agenda

Links:
L.Narbone - Editorial
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