Qatar Blockade: Is A Solution At Hand?

Three years since Qatar was blockaded by its neighbours, the tiny emirate has continued to hold its own. Despite periodic attempts at resolving the deepest rift in the Gulf, including a much-hyped recent effort brokered by Kuwait, hopes have proven misplaced. Will World Cup 2022, rising US–Iran tensions and the Saudi Crown Prince’s need for a “win” brighten prospects for a solution? Dr Kristian Ulrichsen, author of Qatar and the Gulf Crisis, which examined how the Gulf state tackled the crisis, will answer these and other questions.

MEI Research Fellow Clemens Chay will be the moderator for this session and MEI Visiting Research Professor Abdullah Baabood will be the discussant.

Join us for this public talk on 8 July, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm (SGT), which will be conducted online via Zoom. All are welcome to participate. An e-invite will be sent to you near the event date.

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About the Speaker:
Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen is a Baker Institute fellow for the Middle East. Working across the disciplines of political science, international relations and international political economy, his research examines the changing position of Persian Gulf states in the global order, as well as the emergence of longer-term, non-military challenges to regional security. Previously, he worked as senior Gulf analyst at the Gulf Center for Strategic Studies between 2006 and 2008, and as co-director of the Kuwait Program on Development, Governance and Globalization in the Gulf States at the London School of Economics and Politics from 2008 until 2013.

Dr. Ulrichsen has published extensively on the Gulf. His books include Insecure Gulf: the End of Certainty and the Transition to the Post-Oil Era (Columbia University Press, 2011) and Qatar and the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press, 2014). In addition, he is the author of The Logistics and Politics of the British Campaigns in the Middle East, 1914-22 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and The First World War in the Middle East (Hurst & Co, 2014). His most recent books include The Gulf States in International Political Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics, and Policymaking (Routledge, 2016). Dr 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 Oxford Analytica and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center. He also writes regularly for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Open Democracy, and Foreign Policy, and authors a monthly column for Gulf Business News and Analysis.

Dr. Ulrichsen holds a doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge.


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