This project on the Gulf aims to provide in-depth analysis of the political dynamics in this fast-changing region of vital strategic importance.

MENA Programme research seeks to anticipate future scenarios for the political and economic development of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states and promote a deeper understanding of the dynamics of change and unrest across the Gulf and Arabian peninsula, including regional tensions over Iran and Yemen’s long-term political instability.

This ongoing research project on the future dynamics in the Gulf has developed an open and expanding network of young regional researchers and commentators to generate fresh thinking on policy, with a focus on ways to manage political and economic changes with a minimum of conflict, through inclusive and participatory discussions. Through workshops, extensive field research and high-level briefings, the project provides analysis on a variety of themes, including around issues of economic transformations, the changing social contract, the links between political and economic reform, citizenship and political participation, national and transnational identities, regional tensions and foreign policy, and emerging security challenges.

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