The Gulf crisis: An Anniversary of fragmentation, division & regional disorder

"An Anniversary of fragmentation, division & regional disorder"

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Date: 10/07/2018

Time: 17:30 - 21:00


Sami Hamdi

Is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Interest. An experienced geopolitical risk consultant. Sami advises blue-chip clients and global entities around the world on highly volatile business environments in the Middle East as well as the geopolitical dynamics. Sami has extensive experience in the MENA region having been a television reporter and talk-show host for over 10 years.

Ayham Kamal

Ayham Kamel leads coverage of regional geopolitics, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Iraq, and the Levant area (Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon). His work focuses on the US/Russia roles in the Middle East, Iran-Saudi relations, energy policy, terrorism threats, and financial trends in the region. He is a regular contributor to global foreign policy expert discussions and has testified before the British House of Lords. (Eurasia Group)

H.E Abdulrahman Al Khulaifi Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Brussels, the EU and NATO    
Allison Wood Allison Wood is responsible for providing political and business risk analysis for companies operating in the Middle East and North Africa.  She is actively involved in consulting engagements across the region, with a particular interest in stakeholder mapping and complex problem solving projects. She is also the lead analyst for the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and contributes to Control Risks’ online subscription services, tracking political and security developments and their implication for commercial activities.

Ian Black

Ian Black is a former Middle East editor, diplomatic editor and European editor for the Guardian newspaper.

In recent years he has reported and commented extensively on the Arab uprisings and their aftermath in Syria, Libya and Egypt, along with frequent visits to Iran, the Gulf and across the MENA region.


Koert Debeuf

Koert Debeuf is Director of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Europe. He was based in Cairo from 2011 to 2016 as the representative of the European Parliament’s ALDE Group. He was advisor, speechwriter and spokesperson of the Belgian Prime Minister from 2003 to 2008. Author of “The Arab Revolution. Three Years on the Front Line of the Arab Spring” (2014) and of “Tribalisation. Why War is Coming” (August, 2018).


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