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Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

"The Gulf Moment" - Study Group with Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla

Tue., Oct. 11, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

The six Arab Gulf states of Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates are taking the lead, influencing events, assuming greater responsibilities, projecting socioeconomic confidence, and becoming increasingly conscious of their newly acquired status as regional power that far transcends the rest of the Arab countries. This is their moment in contemporary Arab history. Most likely, this unique moment is here to stay for years to come.

This study group will examine the many aspects of the Gulf Moment, the challenges it faces and its future unfolding. It also introduces the concept of the Khaleeji State as a new analytical framework to study contemporary Arab Gulf States.


Tues, October 11 - Session 1
Introducing the Gulf Moment: The Harvard Version. Is there such a thing as the Gulf Moment in Contemporary Arab History?

Tuesday, October 18 - Session 2
The Gulf Moment and the UAE Momentum? What are the 3Cs driving the rise of the UAE as a regional power?

Tuesday, November 1 - Session 3
The 2Ds of the Gulf Momentum? What are they?

Tuesday, November 15 - Session 4
What are the key challenges facing the Gulf Momentum and how resilient is the GCC in light of the Gulf Rift?

Tuesday, November 29th - Session 5
Theorizing the Gulf Moment and introducing the KHALEEJI State concept? Is it time to put the rentier state paradigm to rest?