The geopolitical importance of the Gulf Region in the Middle East is a source of both interest and tension at the same time. The region is highly militarized and dependent on fossil fuel exports. Sectarian and ethnic rifts are a source of friction in many of the countries throughout the region. Authoritarian rule appears deeply entrenched and resilient.
Will the US withdrawal from Iraq have an impact on the security of the country, as well as the region as a whole? Iran’s nuclear ambitions could change the current status quo of the region dramatically. Last but not least, the crisis in Syria will influence Iran’s position in the region and the future of the Middle East Peace Process.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE DISCUSSION in OXFORD DEBATING STYLE
This House Believes that Diplomacy Can Stop Iran from Becoming a Military Nuclear Power
In favor of the motion:
MEHRAN KAMRAVA, Director, Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University, Qatar
DAVID MENASHRI, Founding Director, Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel
DAVID R. ROBERTS, Deputy Director, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Qatar
Against the motion:
KHALED ALMEZAINI, Visiting Research Fellow, Middle Eastern and Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, UK
JUBIN GOODARZI, Professor, International Relations Department, Webster University Geneva, Switzerland
TOBY MATTHIESEN, Research Fellow, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, UK
IRENA KALHOUSOVÁ, Chief Analyst, Prague Security Studies Institute, Czech Republic
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