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Gulf Studies Symposium (GSS) is an annual conference committed to advancing the understanding of the Gulf region. Our mission is to promote rigorous scholarship and insightful analysis by convening a series workshops with the ultimate goal of publication. To ensure a comprehensive discourse, we seek participation from a diverse range of experts, balancing both emerging and established scholars.



Nuclear Proliferation and Counter-Proliferation in the Gulf: Impacts on Domestic, Defense and Security Policies   Objectives and Topics to Cover…

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U.S.-Gulf Policy

U.S.-Gulf Relations in Transition and the Future of Policy Dynamics   Objectives and Topics to Cover   This workshop will…

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Defense and Security

Broadening Gulf Security: New Perspectives and Persistent Challenges   Objectives and Topics to Cover   This workshop endeavors to integrate…

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Foreign Policies of Gulf States

The Quest for Strategic Autonomy in the Gulf: Policies and Capabilities    Objectives and Topics to Cover   This workshop…

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Economy, Governance and Reform

Reimagining the Gulf: Economics, Politics, and Reform in Gulf Arab Nations   Objectives and Topics to Cover   Throughout much…

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Energy Policies

Navigating the Energy Crossroads: The Gulf’s Evolving Energy Landscape   Objectives and Topics to Cover   This workshop will study…

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Society and Culture

The Art of Diplomacy: Cultural diplomacy of Gulf states   Objectives and Topics to Cover   Dive into an immersive…

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Gulf Studies Symposium is organized in partnership between Gulf International Forum, Gulf Research Center, and Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Throughout the symposium, we will delve into seven pivotal themes:
• Defense and Security
• Foreign Policies of Gulf States
• Geopolitics
• U.S.-Gulf Relations
• Economy, Governance, and Reform
• Energy Policies
• Society and Culture

We invite contributions that provide fresh insights and unique perspectives on these subjects. For each workshop, we aim to feature 8-10 papers that stimulate meaningful analysis and discussion. Our debut symposium spans 1.5 days, kicking off with an opening ceremony on March 4th and 5th, 2024 at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Check below key dates and submission details.

August 31, 2023: Workshop Directors application deadline

September 15, 2023: Announcement of paper abstract solicitation

October 10, 2023: Deadline for paper abstract submission

October 24, 2023: Deadline for paper selection

January 15, 2024: First Draft submission deadline

January 30, 2024: Discussant review deadline

March 1, 2024: Final draft submission deadline

March 4-5, 2024: Workshops

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