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. Dr Marc Valeri will explore how such a widely accepted view should nevertheless 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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LSE MIDDLE EAST CENTRE AND KUWAIT PROGRAMME PUBLIC SEMINAR
Speaker: Dr Marc Valeri, University of Exeter
Chair: Professor Toby Dodge, LSE
Date: Thursday 22 May 2014
Location: Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry
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).