The Gulf Crisis - Political, Economic, and International Implications

13.03.2018 | 17:30 - 19:30 | DGAP Berlin | Nur für geladene Gäste



Joint expert roundtable by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in cooperation with the Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum (OxGAPS) 


Bill Law
Director Gulf Matters

Adel Hamaizia
Committee Vice-Chairman, Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum (OxGAPS)

Dr. des. Anna Sunik
Associate, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Sebastian Sons
Associate Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)


Dina Fakoussa
Head of MENA Program, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed travel and trade bans. They accuse Qatar of sponsoring terrorist organizations, keeping close ties with Iran, and undermining regional stability. Since then, relations between Qatar and the blockade states have deteriorated and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has been further weakened through fragmentation. Oman and Kuwait have failed to mediate the conflict; equally, international actors such as the United States, France or Germany have remained without success.

More than six months into the crisis, we will discuss the political, security and economic fall-out from the crisis. We highlight the strategies which the boycotting states and Qatar have devised to counter its negative repercussions, and we will examine how the conflict has reshaped the security architecture of the region. We will also discuss whether external players such as Europe and Germany could explore further options to find a diplomatic solution. The roundtable will bring together experts from academia as well as the media to tackle these issues from different perspectives.

The event will be held in English.

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