HYBRID EVENT - The Ukraine war: a turning point for the Gulf's power?

HYBRID EVENT - The Ukraine war: a turning point for the Gulf's power?

Thursday, 23 February 2023 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue: 
Nissan Lecture Theatre & ZOOM
Speaker(s): 
Dr David Roberts (King’s College London, UK)
Dr Kristin Smith Diwan (The Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington, USA)
Dr Kristian Coates Ulrichsen (Rice University, USA)
Dr Ali Bakir (Qatar University, Qatar)
Convenor: 
Dr Diana Galeeva (Gulf International Forum)

The event aims to explore the role of the Gulf states in the international arena within the context of the impact of the Ukraine war (24 February 2023 marks one year of the conflict). The economic capacity of the energy-rich GCC states offers them the opportunity to emerge as an alternative to Russian gas, making them crucial in dealing with energy needs. At the same time, after the Arab Spring and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukraine war arguably also serves as an opportunity to demonstrate GCC power globally. This event aims to understand the role of the Gulf region within the context of dynamically changing international power system, aiming to fit it in the context of existing International Relations (IR) perspectives. Furthermore, it offers an alternative lens to consider the role of the Gulf states, most of which are considered ‘small’.

Dr David B Roberts is an Associate Professor at King’s College London the lead in the School of Security Studies for Regional Security and Development. In addition to these roles at King’s, Dr Roberts is Adjunct Faculty at Science Po’s Paris School of International Affairs, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute Washington. Prior to moving to King’s, Dr Roberts was the Director of the Gulf office of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI Qatar). He obtained his PhD from Durham University. His new book “Security Politics in the Gulf Monarchies” will be published in 2023 by Columbia University Press.

Dr Kristin Smith Diwan is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Her current projects concern generational change, nationalism, and the evolution of Islamism in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Her analysis of Gulf affairs has appeared in many publications, among them Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, and The Washington Post. Diwan was previously an assistant professor at the American University School of International Service and has held visiting scholar positions at the George Washington University and Georgetown University. From 2013-14 she served as a visiting senior fellow at the Atlantic Council where she published on youth movements and participated in the Strategic Dialogue for a New US-Gulf Partnership. Diwan received her PhD from Harvard University and holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She completed her undergraduate degree at Baylor University in Texas, her home state.

Dr Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Ph.D., is a fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute. His research examines the changing position of Persian Gulf states in the global order, as well as the emergence of longer-term, nonmilitary challenges to regional security. Previously, he worked as senior Gulf analyst at the Gulf Center for Strategic Studies and as co-director of the Kuwait Program on Development, Governance and Globalization in the Gulf States at the London School of Economics. Coates Ulrichsen has published extensively on the Gulf. His books include “The Gulf States in International Political Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), “The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics, and Policymaking” (Routledge, 2016), and “Qatar and the Gulf Crisis” (Oxford University Press, 2020). Coates Ulrichsen’s articles have appeared in numerous academic journals, including Global Policy and the Journal of Arabian Studies, and he consults regularly on Gulf issues for government and private sector agencies around the world. Coates Ulrichsen holds a doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge.

Dr Ali Bakir is a professor at Qatar University’s Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also a nonresident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Middle East programs. Before joining Qatar University, he worked as a senior adviser at Qatar’s Embassy in Ankara, Head of the Gulf Studies Unit at the Middle East Studies Center, senior researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies of the International Strategic Research Organization, and a researcher and senior editor at Aiwa Group for economy and defense. His work focuses on the strategic, geopolitical, security, and inter-regional trends and dynamics in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Turkey’s foreign and defense policies, Turkey-Arab/Gulf ties, and Gulf security.

Dr Diana Galeeva is a a Non-Resident Fellow with the Gulf International Forum. She has previously been an Academic Visitor to St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford (2019-2022). Dr. Galeeva is the author of two books, “Qatar: The Practice of Rented Power” (Routledge, 2022) and “Russia and the GCC: The Case of Tatarstan’s Paradiplomacy” (I.B. Tauris/ Bloomsbury, 2023). She is also a co-editor of the collection “Post-Brexit Europe and UK: Policy Challenges Towards Iran and the GCC States” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). Diana’s academic papers and public engagement pieces have appeared in International Affairs, The RUSI Journal, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, Journal of Islamic Studies, Middle East Institute, King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies, Gulf International Forum, and the LSE Middle East Centre. Dr. Galeeva completed her bachelor’s at Kazan Federal University (Russia), she holds an MA from Exeter University (UK) and a Ph.D. from Durham University (UK).

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