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Announcement: 8th Annual Gulf Research Meeting opens in Cambridge

Tuesday Aug 01, 2017

The Gulf Research Centre will host its eighth annual Gulf Research Meeting at the University of Cambridge starting on Tuesday, August 1st 2017. Dr. Abdulaziz Sager, Chairman of the Gulf Research Center will open the meeting with welcoming remarks while Amb. Stuart Laing, Master of Corpus Christi College will deliver a message on behalf of the University of Cambridge. A panel gathering Manaf Abdulaziz Alhajeri, Chief Executive Officer of the Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz), Prof. Giacomo Luciani, Scientific Director of the Master in International Energy at the Paris School of International Affairs, SciencesPo, France and Anand K. Rohatgi, CEO of Synergy Consulting IFA Inc. will discuss the Challenges Facing the Gulf Economies as part of the opening session. The Gulf Research Meeting takes place annually and comes this year at a critical time with almost the entire 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. 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. Since its beginning, the meeting has brought together close to 3,000 participants with more than 100 workshops taking place. Starting on Wednesday, August 2nd, nine parallel running workshops will explore in-depth such issues as Smart Cities in the Gulf, Migration Policy, GCC-Indian Ocean Relations, Business Education in the Gulf , Gender Issues, Electoral Frameworks and Gulf Politics, the role of Public Private Partnerships in economic diversification efforts, the GCC and its relations with Europe in the context of Brexit, and Perceptions of the GCC in the West. In these workshops, close to 130 papers will be presented and discussed. The workshops conclude on Friday, August 4th.