The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies will hold the Seventh Gulf Studies Forum from 29 November to 3 December 2020. This year the Forum will consider the topics of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Investment Policies of the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council (domestic issues track) and Relations of the Gulf Cooperation Council States with Iran (international relations track).
These topics are examined over 27 papers distributed across 8 sessions, in addition to two lectures given by the professor at the Paris School of International Affairs, Giacomo Luciani, titled “Dilemmas of Sovereign Wealth Funds Management”, and by Honorary Fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding of Georgetown University, Shireen Hunter, titled “The Impact of Systemic Factors on Iranian-Gulf Relations”. A group of Arab and international researchers will participate in the forum, including Khalid Al-Abdulqader, Mohammad Ghnem Al-Rumaihi, Dhafer Al-Ajmi, Nayef N. Alshammari, Khalid Al Jaber, Faisal Al Monawer, Dania Thafer, Yousuf Hamed Al Balushi, Fahad Y. Al-Fadala, Mohammed Omar Batwaih, Abdullah Mohammed al-Ghailani, Juan Cole, Ross Harrison, Sara Bazoobandi, Gawdat Bahgat, Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, John Calabrese, and Ali Fathollah-Nejad.
In light of the exceptional circumstances of the ongoing pandemic, this year’s forum will be organized remotely via the Zoom video conference platform, and will be broadcast through the Arab Center’s social media accounts for general public access. Those wishing to attend the forum, open to the general public, can register for individual sessions according to the agenda attached below.