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Cold wars going hot? Rising tensions around the Persian Gulf

 West Bay, Doha, Qatar. Under boycott from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE plus Egypt since nearly a year.    Photo: Shutterstock

West Bay, Doha, Qatar. Under boycott from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE plus Egypt since nearly a year.    Photo: Shutterstock

What does the arms race around the Persian Gulf tell us – is there a risk of cold wars going hot?

Are there any effective ways to de-escalate the tensions?

What might happen after May 12, Trump’s deadline for the Iran deal?

Welcome to a UI seminar, where  we will explore SIPRI’s new data on military spending and arms transfers around the Persian Gulf. We will discuss what the standoff between Trump and Iran might lead to. And we will take a deeper look at the rifts between some of the monarchies in the GCC, the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Speakers:

Pieter Wezeman, Senior Researcher, SIPRI
Rouzbeh Parsi, UI Associate Research Fellow, Historian at Lund University
Dina Esfandiary, Fellow at War Studies Department at King's College, London

Moderator:
Bitte Hammargren, Head of UI’s Middle East and North Africa Programme

More information and registration on this link