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London Middle East Institute

A Quest for Significance: Gulf oil monarchies' international 'soft power' strategies and their local urban dimensions

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Steffen Hertog
Steffen Hertog, LSE

Date: 10 October 2017Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 10 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Lecture by Steffen Hertog based on his paper A Quest for Significance: Gulf oil monarchies' international 'soft power' strategies and their local urban dimensions in which he documents how the GCC oil monarchies have been using their oil wealth to buy the accoutrements of ‘good citizenship’ and ‘progressiveness’ in the international arena through costly policy projects that involve urban interventions like the building of international museums, universities and ‘zero-carbon cities’ – urban enclaves with an audience that is almost exclusively international. The paper explains how these projects reflect a desire to comply with Western-defined ‘liberal’ international norms and tastes to gain international recognition, shows how they reflect broader patterns of segmented state building in the Gulf, and explores some of the social tensions they create locally.

Steffen Hertog is an associate professor of comparative politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests include Gulf politics, Middle East political economy, political violence and radicalization and he has published in journals such as World Politics, Review of International Political Economy, Comparative Studies in Society and History, European Journal of Sociology and International Journal of Middle East Studies. His book about Saudi state-building, Princes, Brokers and Bureaucrats: Oil and State in Saudi Arabia was published by Cornell University Press in 2011. He is the co-author, with Diego Gambetta, of Engineers of Jihad: the Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education (with Princeton University Press 2016).

Chair: Hasasan Hakimian, LMEI

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Organiser: London Middle East Institute

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