YPFP operates several focused series designed to provide a platform for more nuanced discussion of key foreign policy issues. Read More
"After the Sheikhs": Fate and Future of the Gulf Monarchies
In the wake of the Arab Spring and the fall of leaders in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, the steadfast Gulf monarchies seemed to be the only real bastions of stability in the Middle East. In 'After the Sheiks', however, noted Gulf expert Chris Davidson contends that the collapse of these kings, emirs and sultans is going to happen and was always going to. Many of the same socio-economic pressures that were building up in the Arab republics are now also very much present in the Gulf monarchies. It is now no longer a matter of if but when the West's steadfast allies fall.
Join us on Tuesday 29th April for what promises to be a fascinating and insightful Words & Wires event about the future of one of the world's most volatile regions.
Christopher Davidson is reader in Middle East politics at the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University. He is a former visiting associate professor at Kyoto University and a former assistant professor at Zayed University in the UAE. He is the author of several books on the politics and international affairs of the Gulf states.
Join the conversation on Twitter: #ypfpwords