The Gulf Crisis: Ramifications & Future Scenarios


The Gulf Crisis: Ramifications & Future Scenarios

Doha - Saturday, 21 October 2017

Al Jazeera Centre for Studies is organising a conference under the title, “The Gulf Crisis: Ramifications & Future Scenarios”, on Saturday, 21 October 2017, at the Marriot Marquis City Centre Doha Hotel.

The conference will address the Gulf crisis in light of the GCC countries’ historical relations. It will also investigate the reactions of regional and international players, and shed light on crisis management at the political, diplomatic, economic and media levels. In addition, it aims to explore the repercussions and possible scenarios.

A group of politicians, experts and professionals from various countries will participate in the conference over the course of three sessions, staring at 10:00 am.

Conference Programme



9:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 12:00

Session One:

The current situation in light of historical GCC relations


GCC relations have faced numerous crises in the past where internal, regional and international dynamics including timing, the parties involved, strategies, goals and manner of settlement have played instrumental roles. As a result, each crisis was unique; and in order to recognise the dynamics of the most recent one, its features should be examined.


  • What is the background and the inherent reasons that led to the eruption of the crisis?
  • Why have all means of cooperation among the Gulf, Arab and Muslim countries failed to avert the crisis?


Fatima Alsmadi, Senior researcher at AJCS



  • Mariam Al Balochi, Gulf affairs analyst & research
  • Abdul Aziz Al Is’haq, Qatari columnist.
  • Yasin Al Tamimi, Yemeni researcher


12:00 – 12:30

Coffee Break

12:30 – 14:30

Session Two:

The repercussions and management of the Gulf crisis


In light of the rapid developments over the last five months, the Gulf crisis has proven to have grave social, economic, political and strategic ramifications on the local, regional and international levels. Kuwait’s mediatory efforts, backed by regional and international players, aimed to find swift solution to lessen the impact of these ramifications. Although these efforts succeeded in averting a military standoff, they have not found the desired solution.


  • What are the actual ramifications at the local, regional and international levels?
  • What is the future of the Kuwaiti mediatory endeavours?


Ezzedine Abdelmoula, Manager of research at AJCS



  • Nasser Al Tamimi, Professor of International Relations and Political Sociology, Gulf Affairs analyst
  • Younes Belfellah, Professor of International Relations and Political Economy
  • Harry Verhoeven, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar
  • Mohamed Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi, Dean of the College of Law, Qatar University.


14:30 – 15:30

Lunch Break

15:30 -17:00

Session Three:

Prospective scenarios and the way forward


The Gulf crisis has had grave direct and indirect domestic consequences for all the parties involved. It has also caused a ripple effect across the entire region, with wider impacts at the international levels.


  • What are the potential scenarios in the short, medium and long terms?
  • What are the alternatives to reaching the desired peaceful exit?
  • What are the roles expected from the parties in the crisis and the regional and international players?


Salah Eddin Elzein, Director of AJCS



  • Jawad Anani, Jordanian former deputy prime minister.
  • Emad Abshnas, Professor of Political Sciences, University of Tehran
  • Majid Al Ansari, Qatari academic researcher, Qatar University.
  • Abdullah Al Shaiji, professor and head of political science, Kuwait University


17:00 – 17:15

Signing a Book, Contest of the Gulf Crisis and its repercussions.

Ezzedine Abdelmoula - Haoues Taguia and other authors.