Open Discussions in association with Gulf Cultural Club
invites you to a Discussion on
The Saudi-Qatar saga
The GCC, political mis-adventurism and terrorism
Dr Hamza Al Hassan *
Stephen Bell **
Dr Sami Ramadani ***
When you’re in a hole, stop digging
The sudden eruption of hostilities between Saudi Arabia and Qatar has turned into a regional crisis. The Saudis dragged Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain into the conflict. The Trump administration has exhibited serious lack of leadership in the region as it failed to contain the crisis among the US allies. It is struggling to balance its pro-Saudi stand with upholding the JASTA Act passed by the Congress last year. Other regional powers found themselves under pressure to take sides. Both Iran and Turkey have come to the rescue of Qatar, being the aggrieved party and the much smaller player in the realm of terrorism.
Have the Saudis dug the grave of the Gulf Cooperation Council?
Time: 6.30pm Tuesday, 27th June 2017
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP
Admission is Free. Please register for catering purposes
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* Dr. Hamza Al Hassan is political analyst, researcher and editor with a satellite channel. He holds PhD in Political Science (United Kingdom), is editor at the Gulf Issues Center (London), a political activist, and is interested in human rights. He published a collection of books, researches and readings. He is also the founder and former Chief-editor of the Oasis Quarter Journal on the Gulf, and the former Chief‐editor of the issues of Saudi Arabia magazine.
** Stephen Bell is National Treasurer for the Stop the War Coalition and Campaigns Officer for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. He is a member of the Labour Party. He also comments on events in radio and TV programmes, takes part in political debates and a campaigns for human and labour rights.
*** Dr Sami Ramadani is a senior lecturer in Sociology. He worked at the London Metropolitan University and other institutions. Sami was born in Iraq and became an exile from Saddam Hussein’s regime in 1969. He is a contributor to “The Guardian” on Iraq and the Middle East. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Stop the War Coalition. He opposed Saddam’s regime, but campaigned against the war of aggression on his country and opposed the sanctions imposed on the Iraqi people (1991-2003).