Arab Uprisings Symposium - The Evolving GCC
Published on Jun 21, 2012
About AUB Arab Uprisings Symposium
This symposium is part of the AUB-wide Arab Uprisings Research Initiative, whichwas launched and is supported by the Office of the Provost and managed by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs. AUB has invited over twenty scholars from the Arab world and abroad to this Symposium to discuss critical themes that have emerged to date, and to help shape our future research agenda. The symposium will highlight shifting power, new players, and other critical themes, to
allow for a better understanding of this historic period.
The Arab uprisings, which started in December 2010, will undoubtedly be one of the most studied episodes of recent history. Accordingly, AUB's Office of the Provost has launched a long-term, multi-sectoral research initiative on the Arab uprisings, aiming to harness the university's many resources and assets to engage constructively with the historic changes taking place across the Arab world. The revolutionary and transformational processes underway are dynamic in one of the most complex geopolitical regions in the world. The challenges of researching and understanding this pivotal moment in Arab history -- its causes, main actors, changed power relations, and likely consequences -- demand that judicious research in multiple fields be defined by perspectives from across the region, and continue for years ahead rather than merely comprise the occasional conference or publication.
The knowledge AUB generates from activities like this Symposium will also provide useful inputs into policy-making by governments, the private sector, NGOs and international parties who are all trying to make sense of the historic changes underway.
The Evolving GCC
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the GCC countries have coordinated their response to the uprisings in the hopes of managing the repercussions in their own countries and protecting their strategic interests, especially in Bahrain and Yemen. This unprecedented regional political cooperation, coupled with billions of dollars geared towards elections and intervention beyond the GCC, will have significant impact on the outcomes of the revolts.
• Mehran Kamrava - Georgetown University, Qatar
• Toby Jones - Rutgers University
• Ala'a Shehabi - Writer / Economist