SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Identifying proxies and trajectories of the continued and emerging conflicts across the Gulf


Date: 6 December 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 6 December 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G51

Type of Event: Seminar

The Global Analysis and Translation Symposium (GATS) in collaboration with The Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum (OxGAPS), have organized a seminar in response to the recent cascade of events that have occurred across the Gulf. These include the resignation of Lebanon's prime minister, the arrests of high profile Saudis and the shooting down of a ballistic missile over Riyadh. Coupled with the ongoing war in Yemen and the Qatar crises, these recent events not only raise serious doubts in regards to the long term stability across the Gulf and the wider Middle East, but also prompt the question: who are the benefactors and beneficiaries of these destabilising events?


Dr Burçin K. Mustafa (SOAS)


Bill Law (Gulf Matters)

Michael Stephens (RUSI)

Dr Behar Sadriu (SOAS)

Dr Ali Alavi (SOAS)

Seminar schedule:

17:15 Welcoming remarks

Dr Burçin K. Mustafa
MA course convenor at SOAS and a researcher in political structures and their ability to influence perception

17:20 – 18:20 Panel presentations

Mr Bill Law
Journalist; Director, The Gulf Matters

Mr Michael Stephens
Research Fellow for Middle East Studies and Head of RUSI Qatar

Dr Behar Sadriu
I.R. lecturer at SOAS and a researcher in Turkey’s adoption of ‘soft power’ to extend its global influence

Dr Ali Alavi
I.R. lecturer at SOAS and a researcher in Iran’s relations with Arab states after the 1979 revolution

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