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The Inaugural Gulf International Conference “The Future of a Disrupted Gulf Region: Old Tensions, New Paradigms, & Emerging US Challenges”


October 16, 2018


The National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington DC, 20045
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What were once small British protectorates that, after independence remained dependent on Western support to maintain sovereignty, have now become global players in their own right. The region’s path forward is certainly fraught with challenges, both internal and external. However, the future of the Gulf is certainly one that goes beyond mere “Crisis.” Can peace be reached in Yemen and can Iraq rebuild its economy and society? How might Saudi Arabia respond to Iran’s nuclear relapsing? Could China or Russia replace the USA’s position as regional kingmaker? Does Turkey have a role to play? How will all these countries adjust to the fact that the US will replace them as the principal energy exporter to the world? While many of these questions may not have satisfactory answers, Gulf International Forum’s assembled panelists and experts will certainly tackle these uncertainties, giving a possible glimpse of what lies ahead for the Gulf.




  • Seating capacity is limited!
  • Email events@gulfii.com or click here
  • Please respond with the following information: Full Name, Company/Affiliation, Title, Phone Number
  • You must receive RSVP confirmation by email in order to attend
  • Plated lunch will be served


Cultural Zone:

Taking place during the Gulf International Conference, this part of the conference will allow you to explore various aspects of Gulf culture. Listen to a live oud performance by famous Yemeni singer Abdulraham Al-Akhfash, take pictures with an Arabian falcon, enjoy Arab hospitality with coffee and dates, skim recent publications focused on regional affairs at the book fair, and celebrate the release of GIF’s first book The Gulf Crisis: Reshaping Alliances in the Middle East. Attendees will be able to pick up a copy of the book for as long as supplies last. Students are encouraged to attend.

If you would like to be a sponsor at the conference and you have any questions regarding the sponsorship packages, benefits or procedures, please do not hesitate to contact Jesse Schatz at jesse@gulfii.com.