Topics include examining the dynamics of internal political and economic change, the evolving Gulf role in regional conflicts and aid, resource security, cyber security, and responses to Islamic State.

Saudi Arabia's ambitious economic reform project promises to disrupt the traditional social contract in a number of ways, which is bound to have political ramifications, and GCC states are seeking to be leaders in digital innovation, but are vulnerable to an increasing range of cyber threats, with cybersecurity measures unevenly implemented.

Mangement of natural resources in the region, plus issues around human rights and equality are also major areas of focus.