Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

The Horn of Africa and the Near Abroad: Emerging Interests and Relations with Egypt and the Gulf States

28 November 2014 - 11:30am to 3:30pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Jamal Abdullah, Researcher, Gulf Studies Unit, Al Jazeera Centre for Studies
Professor Afyare Elmi, International Affairs Department, Qatar University
Dr Roy Love, Independent Researcher
Chair: Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Dr Laura James, Teaching Associate, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge; Economic Adviser to African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan (2011-14)
Dr Harry Verhoeven, Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
Jason Mosley, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Chair: Professor Peter Woodward, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Reading



Within sub-Saharan Africa, the Horn of Africa stands out in terms of its political, developmental and security challenges. Regional dynamics bear some similarity to those in the Middle East, with which the Horn of Africa shares some cultural, historical and political affinities. This is unsurprising given the proximity of the region to the Gulf States, North Africa and the Levant. Increasingly, issues around security and governance, development and access to resources, growth and regional integration, as well as religion are forging further cooperation and competition between countries in the Horn of Africa and its neighbouring states in the Arab world. 

This event will bring together a small group of experts to explore the emerging interests and bilateral relations between countries in the Horn of Africa with Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states. The discussion will focus on the economic, diplomatic and strategic alliances and rivalries that are becoming increasingly prevalent in the wider region.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.