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HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Programme

 HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah Programme

'One Belt, One Road' and China's Westward Pivot: Past, Present & Future'


21 - 22 March, Al-Qasimi Building, Durham University.

Listen to the podcasts of the successful 'One Belt, One Road' Conference and also to read the various reports from Chinese media.

Prof. Anoush Ehteshami at Parliament for the UK policy on Syria

Prof. Anoush Ehteshami was a speaker at the UK Parliament's Defence Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee on the UK policy in Syria, on Thursday 8 October 2015. You can watch the full video here

About the Programme

The al-Sabah Programme will enable cutting edge research to identify those factors which can lead to insecurity within a country or region, to anticipate when aggression between or within states may occur, and to identify and learn how external powers and bodies such as the United Nations should respond appropriately. Governments require their decision makers, whether politicians, diplomats, senior civil servants, members of their armed forces and other persons of influence within larger private companies and organisations, to be aware of such risk factors to ensure appropriate decisions are being taken, at a high level – before, and of course also during a crisis. Research into such matters within the Programme will support international endeavours to manage crises expeditiously and effectively. In seeking to highlight the causes and processes of insecurity, it is anticipated that the Programme’s activities and outputs can benefit and influence the work of states and non-governmental actors alike navigating the complexities of the current international system. Ultimately, it is hoped that the Programme will have an important, dynamic and lasting effect on decision making with respect to governance and the security of nations worldwide.

The Programme is led by the Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Chair who drives the research agenda of the Programme.The Programme commissions and sponsors research on these and other related topics, and organises and co-hosts conferences and workshops on this range of issues. It also supports analytically-strong book-length publications on these and related themes. The Programme’s own publications, Insights, are freely available through the Programme’s own website.

The Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Publications Programme

The Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Programme commissions:

- Insights

- Monographs

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The Arab Spring: Between Authoritarianism and Revolution 12-13 March 2012

Listen to the podcast of the conference

The recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) represent an unprecedented political shift in the Arab world. The long standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt were toppled by massive popular protests; the regimes in Bahrain, Yemen and Syria are all experiencing popular challenges from below; and the NATO-backed revolt in Libya ended the rule of Muammar Qaddafi. At the same time, most of the regimes ruling the region contain many of the same actors that were part of the previous ruling elites.

This two day event has been organised to discuss the historical transformations in the MENA region and identify the nature and direction of social and political change in the region. The panels will discuss the factors leading to the revolts, the nature of social and political change underway in the MENA region, the consequences of domestic political changes for the regional balance of power and the responses of the international community, notably the European Union and the United States to these changes. An underlying theme is the role theory plays in both making sense of these changes, and in impeding our understanding.

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Al-Sabah Programme Launch

The official UK launch of the al-Sabah Programme, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Nasser of Kuwait, with a symposium on 'Asianisation of the Middle East'.

Thursday 13th September 2012

The Great Hall, Durham Castle, Palace Green

Listen to the podcast of the al-Sabah Launch

Contact Details

Professor Anoush Ehteshami
Al-Qasimi Building
Elvet Hill Road
+44 (0)191 334 5662