At a time when the Gulf region not only continues to gain in strategic relevance and importance but is also subject to wide-ranging transitions, it is more urgent than ever to expand knowledge about this critical part of the world and to become more familiar with the issues that are defining its overall development. Of equal importance is the promotion of scholarly and balanced research about the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates), its adjacent neighbors that constitute the wider Gulf region (Iran, Iraq and Yemen) and their relations to one another as well as with the wider external environment.
To enhance knowledge and research about the Gulf, the Gulf Research Center Cambridge has established an annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM) with the clear objective to provide an academic environment to foster Gulf studies and to encourage scholarly and academic exchange among those working on or interested in the developments taking place that are defining the Gulf region and their constituent societies.
Set within the historic outlines of the University of Cambridge, the Gulf Research Meeting attempts to highlight the issues of importance to the Gulf region and provide a basis for undertaking and engaging in academic and empirical research in the fields of politics, economics, energy, security and the wider social sciences. Through parallel running workshops dedicated to specific topics, the Gulf Research Meeting addresses the existing shortcomings, to provide correct and insightful information about the region and to promote mutual understanding between the Gulf and the rest of the world.
Particular emphasis is given to encourage young scholars, in particular from the GCC countries - including those studying abroad - to engage in the debate and take part in research collaboration. It is further the intention that the workshops promote various research efforts among different institutions from within the Gulf and other parts of the Gulf to heighten awareness of Gulf specific issues. Here, the partnership between the Gulf Research Center and the University of Cambridge and the strong commitment by the university to foster such cooperation in one specific example that has already begun to produce results.
The Gulf Research Meeting will take place in August for the years 2014 to 2017 due the fact that the Holy Month of Ramadan has moved into the original date of the month of July. A corresponding call for proposals and a call for papers will thus be issued in June and December respectively of each calendar year.
Details of the first seven Gulf Research Meetings from 2010 to 2016 can be found here: www.gulfresearchmeeting.net