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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs


Europe Engulfed in the Gulf?

23rd November 2020, 12:10, Online

On A Search for Europe's Future Role in A Turbulent Region

Virtual Conference at the Protestant Academy Loccum

25 - 26 November and 4 December 2020

The Gulf is a region in turmoil that faces numerous challenges. For Europe this region is crucial. Located in its closer vicinity, all negative developments and trends that the Gulf region sees are felt with only slight delays in Europe. It was often said that Europe is only at the sideline when it comes to the Gulf and that only the big powers such as the United States have a say in the region. However, the nuclear deal with Iran which EU member states helped to negotiate since 2003 onward, shows that Europe could play a positive role in the region and that it has stakes in the game if it only accepts the challenge of thinking and acting strategically in a joint way.

The purpose of this conference is to elaborate on Europe’s future role in the Gulf region and about which policy fields the EU and its member states could address in the upcoming years to contribute to a more stable, peaceful, and prosperous region.

You are cordially welcomed to join our digital conference!

You will find more information about the conference, if you follow this link:

If you wish to register for the event, please use this link:

The discussion will take place via video link (because of data protection management it is a zoom based plattform called video4connect; please see for more info: Online-Veranstaltungen über Zoom). If you have registered, we will send you the access key a couple of days before the start of the conference. Digital participation is free of charge. If you want to test your equipment in advance, you can use this test link:

Contact Details

T: +44 (0) 191 334 5742

F: +44 (0) 191 334 5661