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Announcement: Al-Zayani to speak at 6th annual Gulf Research Meeting

Monday Aug 24, 2015

Bringing together more than 300 scholars, policy officials and specialists, the Gulf Research Center will host its sixth annual Gulf Research Meeting at the University of Cambridge starting on Monday, August 24, 2015.

The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, H.E. Maj. Gen. Dr. Abdul Latef Bin Rashid Al-Zayani will speak at the opening session on Monday afternoon. He will be joined by Prof. Bahgat Korany of the American University in Cairo to present the findings of the latest Arab Human Development Report.

The Gulf Research Meeting takes place at a critical time with the Middle East region undergoing a series of crises and the Gulf region in particular experiencing wide-ranging transitions. The objective of the annual gathering is to enhance knowledge about the Gulf, promote scholarly and balanced research about the region, 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.

Starting on Tuesday, August 25, eleven parallel running workshops will explore in-depth such issues as Gulf-Egypt relations, the future of Yemen’s unity, challenges and opportunities of economic diversification in the GCC states, the role of higher education development, Iran-GCC energy cooperation, enhancing researcher mobility for building knowledge-based societies in the Gulf, relations between the Gulf Cooperation Council and the BRIC countries, the role of intellectual property, migration policies, the arms trade and security market in the Gulf, and understanding the contemporary process of politics by formal and informal institutions in the region. In these workshops, close to 200 papers will be presented and discussed. The workshops conclude on Thursday, August 27.

A particular emphasis of the Gulf Research Meeting is to encourage young scholars, in particular from the GCC countries, to engage in the debate and take part in research collaborations. Overall, more than 100 scholars from all six GCC countries will be taking part in the meeting.

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