The Role of the Gulf in a Changing World

Hosted by the Middle East Centre

Sheikh Zayed Theatre,


Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani


Professor Toby Dodge

As well as being faced with new challenges on the international level, the Gulf countries must also to face up to new domestic challenges. The most significant of these arises from the fall in oil prices that made clear the need to look for a new model of socio economic development. This is a strategic imperative that will push the Gulf countries to develop a much needed multidimensional common strategy to tackle both the internal and external sources of threats and challenges. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al Thani discusses how this could happen, as well as the broader role of the Gulf in a changing world.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al Thani was Foreign Minister of Qatar from 1992 to 2013 and Prime Minister from 2007 to 2013. A key power-broker and the architect of Qatari foreign policy, he has contributed significantly to the increase in Qatar's influence in the international arena.

Toby Dodge (@ProfTobyDodge) is Director of the LSE Middle East Centre, a Professor in the International Relations Department at LSE, and a Senior Consulting Fellow for the Middle East, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.

The LSE Middle East Centre (@LSEMiddleEast) builds on LSE's long engagement with the Middle East and North Africa and provides a central hub for the wide range of research on the region carried out at LSE. 

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