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


Finance in the GCC: Policy & Developments

Deadline: 7 September 2018

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.

Labor Market Dynamics in the GCC States

Labor Market Dynamics in the GCC States

Autumn 2015 

The inaugural issue of Gulf Affairs focuses on the labor markets in the GCC states. One of the most pressing issues facing these countries, the publication draws upon the knowledge of various scholars, experts and policy makers to provide an up-to-date and in-depth look into this theme. From segmentation along national and non-national lines, to public-private wage discrepancies and their impact on job nationalization initiatives, the issue delves into a multitude of topics impacting current labor market trends in the GCC.