MEI – The Gulf and the Struggle for Hegemony

This event is hosted by the Middle East Institute. Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Middle East Institute
1319 18th St, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Middle East Institute is pleased to host Roby Barrett, MEI scholar and senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University-U.S. Special Operations Command, for the release of his new book The Gulf and the Struggle for Hegemony. Barrett will argue that the long-standing ties between the West and the Gulf Arab states have contributed to regional stability and progress.

Barrett draws on a sophisticated understanding of Gulf Arab culture and history to explain present-day policies and rivalries. The book delves into how the Gulf States, in particular the UAE and Saudi Arabia, interpret and respond to regional dynamics such as the conflicts in Syria and Iraq and the West’s rapprochement with Iran. Barrett argues that a failure to understand the contemporary Gulf from the perspective of its complex historical, political, and socio-cultural context guarantees failed policies in the future.

Gerald Feierstein, director of the MEI Center for Gulf Affairs, will moderate the discussion.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signature by the author.
Roby Barrett
MEI scholar

Amb. Gerald Feierstein (moderator)
Director, MEI Center for Gulf Affairs