Saudi Arabia, the Gulf, and the New Regional Landscape

By May 31, 2017

Executive Summary:

Saudi Arabia and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have faced serious challenges over the past decade, from the rise of Iran and falling oil prices, to the Arab uprisings. In June 2016, with these issues in mind, the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) at Bar-Ilan University and the National Security Studies Center (NSSC) at the University of Haifa held a two-day conference on “Saudi Arabia, the Gulf, and the New Regional Landscape.” The conference was convened by Dr. Dan Schueftan of the NSSC and Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum of the BESA Center and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies.

The conference was graced with presentations from a globe-spanning panel of experts: Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, Dr. Efrat Aviv, Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor, Prof. F. Gregory Gause III, Dr. Yoel Guzansky, Prof. Michael Herb, Amb. John Jenkins, Prof. Dr. Robert Kappel, Prof. P.R. Kumaraswamy, Dr. Alon Levkowitz, Prof. Robert J. Lieber, Prof. Meir Litvak, Clarisse Pasztory, Dr. Paul Rivlin, Dr. Dan Schueftan, Dr. Guido Steinberg, Anna Sunik, Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum, and Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.

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Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum
Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum

Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum, a senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and is a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Bar-Ilan University. He is an expert on the Gulf states, particularly Saudi Arabia.