The Gulf: Regional Rivalries & Regional Security


The Persian Gulf is one of the most critically important geographic sub regions in the world. Countries bordering the Gulf contain over 60% of the world’s proven oil reserves and 40% of natural gas reserves. World access to these reserves is essential to support the global economy. Yet the region has seen repeated warfare driven my regional rivalries compounded by divisions in Islam between Sunni and Shia Muslims. The Gulf Roundtable will delve into the intricacies of the competition between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the complications of divisions in Islam, the impact of these rivalries and divisions on other unfolding events in the region, the past efforts to organize regional security structures, and current prospects for meaningful security arrangements.

 

Ambassador Edward Gnehm - Roundtable Chair
TBA - Student Assistant
Readings

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