Gulf Geopolitics Forum
The event will explore the principal transformations currently taking place in the Gulf region. It will focus on the polarization between Iran and some of its Gulf neighbours, in the context of the rebalancing of American power in the region. The forum will convene a small, expert-level, international group to assess the dramatic changes that are taking place in the region, against the backdrop of concerns that Western policy-makers may not yet fully understand their implications. In doing so, it will consider the likely transitions in the respective roles of - and relationships between - the US, Iran and Saudi Arabia, the repercussions these changes might have on other actors in the region and beyond from the West to Asia, and what actions can be taken to mitigate tensions.
This will be the first of two meetings, convened jointly by the Middle East and North Africa Programme and the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House. It will delve into the current state of play in the region, power transitions and trends among the main players, possible visions for a more sustainable security environment in the Gulf region, and finally, possible actions by key states to facilitate this.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.