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June 5
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12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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Gulf International Forum

About the Book:

The post-Arab Spring collapse of decades-old regimes inaugurated a decade of re-shaping for the geopolitical order in the Middle East and North Africa region. A multipolar disorder ensued, solidified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Amid general bewilderment, the small monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) spent the decade between 2011 and 2022 trying to re-shape regional equilibria as protagonists. This book applies an original theoretical framework to unpack the threat perceptions and strategic calculus driving the behaviour of these new impactful regional players. Six chapters look at the six GCC monarchies individually. The author challenges commonly held narratives and goes beyond attention-grabbing headlines and thus provides reading keys to the past, present and future of policy-making in the Gulf monarchies, middle powers destined to play an oversized role in the new multipolar world.

Featured Speakers: Dr. Cinzia Bianco and Professor Luigi Narbone.

Speakers Bio:

Dr. Cinzia Bianco

Visiting Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

@Cinzia_Bianco

Dr. Cinzia Bianco is a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, where she is working on political, security and economic developments in the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf region and relations with Europe. Additionally, she is a senior analyst at Gulf State Analytics. Previously, Bianco was a research fellow for the European Commission’s project on EU-GCC relations ‘Sharaka’ between 2013 and 2014.

She holds an MA degree in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College London and a PhD in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, where she worked on threat perceptions in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) after the 2011 Arab uprisings. She is the author of “The Gulf monarchies after the Arab Spring: threats and security” (Manchester University Press, 2024).

Professor Luigi Narbone

Director of the Mediterranean Platform at the School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli

@NarboneLuigi

Prof. Luigi Narbone is the Director of the Mediterranean Platform at the School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli and Professor of Practice at Luiss Guido Carli University. From 2015 to 2021 he was co-founder and Director of the Middle East Directions Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, as well as professor and coordinator of the Peace and Security cluster at the School of Transnational Governance, at the European University Institute.

Before moving to academia, Prof. Narbone had a long diplomatic career at the European Union and the United Nations. From 2008 to 2012 he was Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Saudi Arabia, as well as non-resident EU Ambassador to Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Previously he held positions in Brussels, New York, Moscow, Santiago, Ankara and Khartoum.

He holds a Laurea in Political Science from the University of Bologna and an MA in international Affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS, Washington D.C. He has been Fulbright Scholar, NATO fellow and EU fellow.

Prof Narbone main research interests are geopolitics and geoeconomics, security and political economy in MENA, energy transition and connectivity, Gulf studies, conflict dynamics and peacebuilding. He is author of numerous academic publications and policy papers.

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Date:
June 5
Time:
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Online

Organizer

Gulf International Forum
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