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Oman's Foreign Policy Under Sultan Qaboos: Independent, But To What Extent?

LSE IDEAS KUWAIT PROGRAMME AND LSE MIDDLE EAST CENTRE PUBLIC SEMINAR

Thursday 22 May 2014, 16:30 - 18:00, Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE Speaker: Dr Marc Valeri. Chair: Professor Toby Dodge

Oman’s foreign policy under Qaboos is usually considered to be pragmatic and independent – as illustrated by the sultanate’s role in facilitating the conclusion of the Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal in 2013 and its announcement that it would not join a hypothetical Gulf union. However such a widely accepted view should not obscure the fact that the price to pay for the perpetuation of this foreign policy has been an unquestioned political and economic dependence towards London and Washington.

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Speaker

Dr Marc Valeri is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy of the Middle East and Director of the Centre for Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the author of Oman. Politics and Society in the Qaboos State (London/New York: Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2009).

 

Chair

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Professor Toby Dodge is Director of the LSE Middle East Centre, Deputy Director of IDEAS and a Reader in the International Relations Department at LSE.

 

Location

Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE map|

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