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QU organizes the ‘4th Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference’ under the theme ‘Geopolitics of the Gulf Energy: Adjusting to New and Old Challenges’ | Qatar University

QU organizes the ‘4th Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference’ under the theme ‘Geopolitics of the Gulf Energy: Adjusting to New and Old Challenges’

2019-11-26 00:00:00.0
A session from QU's 4th Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference

The Gulf Studies Center (GSC) at Qatar University’s (QU) College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) holds its 4th Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference under the theme ‘Geopolitics of the Gulf Energy: Adjusting to New and Old Challenges.’ The two-day conference, which launched yesterday and continues to today, brings together scholars, policy makers, local stakeholders and students from a wide-range of disciplines to engage in distinct debates on a number of themes such as the influence of the main trends of the international oil and gas markets on Gulf countries.

Given the current Middle Eastern conflicts, tensions and insecurity, special attention will be given to the study of challenges for hydrocarbon export from the Gulf. The conference will also explore prospects for renewable energy, diversification, and energy sector reforms in the region as well as the future of Gulf hydrocarbons.

QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham said in a speech during the conference, “Qatar University is always proud to host such important international events that establish academic understanding, and which will develop mechanisms to help find solutions and create possible practices that serve the community. I am pleased that a group of experts, researchers and local and international stakeholders in the region will participate in the conference. I am also proud to see the participation of graduate students who will contribute to the discussion on many overlapping and multiple topics in the field of energy. This conference is, of course, a valuable opportunity for students to share experiences with researchers, experts and specialists. I am confident of the success of the conference, which we hope will achieve its goal, and I hope that the participants enjoy rich and in-depth academic discussions.”

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Prof. Ibrahim AlKaabi spoke at the occasion saying, “The College of Arts and Sciences has traditionally adopted a unique and pioneering approach that reflects current and future research needs and embraces in-depth academic discussions on important issues with the aim of creating a knowledge-based society. We are therefore proud of the efforts and initiatives of the Gulf Studies Center and we commend their efforts in organizing important conferences, seminars and events that discuss key and pressing issues and themes in collaboration with local, regional and international experts. These events offer new perspectives and help create a growing body and network of experienced specialists in the Gulf region.”

Dr. Mahjoob Zweiri, the Director of the Gulf Studies Center said, “This conference displays the commitment by the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University in providing necessary platforms to discuss major issues related to the Gulf region. Energy is an important factor to have sustainable economic developments which contributes to political stability.”

He added, “Many international, regional, and local guests have accepted our invitation to partake in this thought-provoking event. All of them have the extensive experience of working on issues in the Gulf oil and gas sector, both as academics and practicing experts. The Gulf Studies Center is looking forward to two days of intriguing research and academic papers presented by the top scholars in the field.”

In accordance to its mission, Gulf Studies Center is implementing and advancing Qatar University’s vision of developing research and academia in Qatar and the region.

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