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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs



GCC: Evaluation, Lessons Learned and Future Prospects. IMEIS Conference 2019

(15 May 2019)

We are pleased to announce that registration for the IMEIS Annual Conference 2019 is now open!

The event will be held in Durham University School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) on the13th of June 2019

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Abdullah Baabood (Singapore National University University) on ‘The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and its Future Prospects’. 

The event will also feature the Sir William Luce Lecture, given by Phillip Winter (OBE Independent Diplomat) on the theme ‘The Ilemi Triangle’. 

9:30 – 10:15 
Keynote: Dr. Abdullah Baabood (Singapore National University)
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and its Future Prospects

10:15 – 11:45 
Panel #1 – General Perspectives on the GCC

Hichem Karoui (CCIEC, CIBD) – The Qatar Crisis as a Case Study in the Sociology of Conflict

Máté Szalai (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary) – The Evaluation of the GCC from the Perspective of Small State Studies

Mustafa Amin Muhammed Ali (Qatar University, Qatar) – The Gulf Crisis: The Economic Perspective and the Role of the Gulf Regional Hubs

11:45 – 12:00 
Tea and Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00 
Sir William Luce Lecture: Philip Winter (OBE Independent Diplomat)
The Ilemi Triangle (Title TBC)

13:00 – 13:30 

13:45 – 15:15 
Panel #2 – Regional Perspectives on the GCC

Alberto Gasparetto (University of Padua, Italy) – Iran, Turkey and the Qatar Crisis with the GCC. Emerging Middle Powers in the Middle East and their Struggle for Hegemony

Cinzia Bianco (University of Exeter, UK) – United We Stand? Measuring Threat Perception of Iran within the Riyadh-Abu Dhabi Axis

Noha Ezzat (Durham University, UK) – Oman: Institutional Genealogy of an Exceptional Foreign Policy

15:15 – 15:30 
Tea and Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:30 
Panel #3 – Future Perspectives on the GCC

Shadi Mansour (Future for Advanced Research and Studies, UAE) – The Impact of Security Threat on the Unity of GCC

Tahani Alterkate (al-Sabah Programme, Durham University, UK) – Saving the GCC: Kuwait’s Mediation Role in Qatar Crisis

16:30 – 16:45 
Tea and Coffee Break

16:45 – 17:30 
Final Discussion & Conclusion

The event is free, and participants will be offered lunch and refreshments during the day of the conference. 

To register for the IMEIS Annual Conference, please contact Juline Beaujouan by 20.00 GMT, Friday 31 May 2019.


Please note that, unfortunately, we are not able to fund any travel bursaries to the event. 

Contact Details

T: +44 (0) 191 334 5742

F: +44 (0) 191 334 5661