Gulf Affairs

"It is difficult to isolate economic affairs without reference to underlying political realities, or politics without considering social constraints, or society without treating culture. Nor, in considering the art market in the Gulf or the explosion of iconic architectural projects burgeoning across the region, is it a difficult stretch to link culture and the economy. Scholarship is increasingly interdisciplinary and this trend is encouraged in Gulf Affairs." 
Eugene Rogan, Senior Member of the OxGAPS Forum

Gulf Affairs is an independent, non-partisan journal organized by OxGAPS, with the aim of bridging the voices of scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers to further knowledge and dialogue on pressing issues, challenges and opportunities facing the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Call for Articles

CALL FOR ARTICLES:

Finance in the GCC: Policy & Developments

Deadline: 7 September 2018

Finance in the GCC: Policy & Developments

Finance in the GCC: Policy & Developments

Summer 2019 

Financial development is a critical part of the economic and employment plans in the GCC region. While the GCC states have made great strides in deepening financial markets, new initiatives are in progress to broaden access to finance for all residents, support industries and foster new regulations. Meanwhile GCC bond and equity markets are becoming increasingly exposed to foreign investors. This issue of Gulf Affairs digs into these dynamics and examines lessons learned and future plans for topics including Islamic finance, project finance and corporate governance reform.

Gender (Im)Balance in Gulf Societies

Gender (Im)Balance in Gulf Societies

Spring 2018 

The Gulf states have made noteworthy improvements toward mitigating the gender gap over the last decade with women over performing men in higher education. But despite the progress, a culture of patriarchy persists and permeates social norms and legal codes to the detriment of women’s rights across the GCC region. This issue of Gulf Affairs sheds light on the milestones and challenges facing women and gender equality including topics of marriage and divorce, education and sports, and constraints in the workplace.

 

Foreign Policy Trends in the GCC States

Foreign Policy Trends in the GCC States

Autumn 2017 

Foreign policies of the GCC states have changed dramatically since the Arab Uprisings of 2011. Earlier caution has given way to more assertive foreign policies in response to regional turmoil. In their diverging responses to a number of regional crises, Gulf states have shown both a desire and a capacity to act unilaterally or, at best, as a loose regional bloc to secure their interests across a changing Middle East. This installment of Gulf Affairs explores some of these trends.

 

Private Sector Development in the Gulf States

Private Sector Development in the Gulf States

Summer 2017 

Private sector development has been a key theme among the various recently launched visions of the six member states of the GCC. Though these countries have not been able to diversify their economies and still heavily rely on oil revenues, some noteworthy progress has been made toward expanding the role of the private sector. From boosting SMEs, to privatization, to public-private partnerships, this installment of Gulf Affairs investigates recent private sector development trends in the GCC.

Higher Education in the Gulf States: Present and Future

Higher Education in the Gulf States: Present and Future

Spring 2017 

Education reform and economic diversification were the main headlines of the policy agendas set by the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at the turn of the new millennium. This new reform spirit ignited several grand scale initiatives. As a result, the past 16 years witnessed a proliferation in the number of higher education institutions in the region. This issue of Gulf Affairs examines some of the recent trends in the GCC higher education sector and the impact they are having on their societies.

Identity & Culture in the 21st Century Gulf

Identity & Culture in the 21st Century Gulf

Autumn 2016 

The Gulf states entered the 21st century having consolidated many political, economic, and social projects that had been in progress for decades. New challenges abound, however, as Gulf millennials enter a rapidly changing world faced with regional conflicts and socioeconomic pressures. While states must continue to forge strong national identities, advancements in social media are paving the way for alternative narratives and cultural trends. This edition of Gulf Affairs analyzes the impact of globalization on issues pertaining identity and culture.