VENUE: Committee Room 2, House of Lords, Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKER: Dr. Karen E. Young, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington
There is a certain irony in the Arab Gulf states’ rising power across the Middle East and North Africa. These states have long coveted international prestige and the ability to intervene militarily in regional conflict. They also want to hold the same leverage as international financial institutions in aid and investment. But now that they have the power – both economic and military – Gulf states like Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are faced with the dilemma of demonstrating their dominance without destroying the neighbourhood. These Gulf states’ foreign policies are increasingly at odds with their economic interests.
By kind invitation of Lord Kilclooney, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Dr. Karen E. Young. Dr Young will discuss this tension between policy and power. She will contend that in the past, conflict in the Middle East lead to prosperity as the price of oil soared and opportunities for hosting negotiations arose. Now, though, might it be incumbent on the Gulf states to pursue a policy of peace and stability?
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Dr. Karen E. Young is a Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. She is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Middle East Centre, where she was Research Fellow from 2014-15. She served on the faculty of the American University of Sharjah as Assistant Professor of Political Science from 2009-2014. Prior to joining AUS, Dr. Young worked at New York University, at its Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests are based in comparative politics and political economy, focusing on processes of economic and political transition, state formation and foreign policy decision-making.