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Roundtable Dialogue: Are We Moving Toward a “Post-American” Regional Security Complex in the Persian Gulf?

Roundtable Dialogue: Are We Moving Toward a “Post-American” Regional Security Complex in the Persian Gulf?

At this member-exclusive event, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute, examined whether and how a new set of regional security interests are reshaping the Persian Gulf in the aftermath of the Abraham Accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. He also discussed the continuing uncertainty among Gulf partners over long-term U.S. interests in the region and ongoing tensions among the Arab Gulf states and their various relationships with Iran. If a new regional security architecture is emerging, what structure might it take, and can it be any more balanced or sustainable?

A webinar was also accessible for those wishing to virtually attend the presentation.

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This event was free and open to members of the Roundtable and Roundtable Young Professionals. These forums are dedicated to advancing the mission of the institute by fostering community engagement and dialogue on vital domestic and global public policy issues through interaction with Baker Institute fellows and invited guest speakers and experts from the public and private sectors.


8:00 a.m. — Breakfast
8:30 a.m. — Presentation
9:00 a.m. — Q&A

Featured Speaker

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Ph.D., works across the disciplines of political science, international relations and international political economy; his research examines the changing position of Persian Gulf states in the global order, as well as the emergence of longer-term, nonmilitary challenges to regional security. Previously, he worked as senior Gulf analyst at the Gulf Center for Strategic Studies between 2006 and 2008 and as co-director of the Kuwait Program on Development, Governance and Globalization in the Gulf States at the London School of Economics (LSE) from 2008 until 2013.

Coates Ulrichsen has published extensively on the Gulf his most recent books include “The Gulf States in International Political Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and “The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics, and Policymaking” (Routledge, 2016). Coates Ulrichsen’s articles have appeared in numerous academic journals, and he also writes regularly for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Open Democracy, and Foreign Policy, and authors a monthly column for Gulf Business News and Analysis. 

Coates Ulrichsen holds a doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge.




Fri, Nov. 12, 2021
8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

R. Stockton Rush Conference Center