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:

Gender (Im)Balance in Gulf Societies

Deadline: 12 January 2018

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.

Energy and the State: The Impact of Low Oil Prices

Energy and the State: The Impact of Low Oil Prices

Summer 2016 

The international market dynamics that unfolded since the beginning of this decade include a period of exceptionally high and stable oil prices for over three years, stability which lasted until prices gradually began to collapse in the summer of 2014. GCC oil and gas producers have felt the impact of these changing global dynamics directly through record windfall export revenues followed by the worst decline since the oil price crisis of 1998. This issue of Gulf Affairs explores some of the imminent questions facing the GCC economies’ energy markets.

GCC Security Amid Regional Crises

GCC Security Amid Regional Crises

Spring 2016 

The post Arab Spring era has weakened traditionally strong Arab states who are facing sustained internal conflicts. For the first time in their short history, the GCC states have found themselves in an unfamiliar leadership role in the Middle East, facing an unprecedented number of security threats. From growing Iranian influence, to the threat posed by the Islamic State, this instalment of Gulf Affairs looks into the various security challenges facing the GCC states and how they react to them.