Many participants in the symposium held in Oxford on 16 November have commented on the importance of the event and how it contributed to providing an open space for debate on many important issues affecting the Middle East Region at this moment. The Symposium with the theme “Old and new challenges for the Arab countries of the Middle East and the Gulf” was held at Oxford University, and organised jointly by the Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum (OxGAPS) and the John Smith Memorial Trust.
Around one hundred academics and students from Oxford University and other UK education institutions and practitioners from many Arab countries, participated in the one day event. They included participants from Iraq, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan and Lebanon who were in the UK attending the John Smith Fellowship Program for the Middle East and North Africa – a fellowship program held twice a year with the support of the “Arab Partnership Initiative” of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
You can read a summary of the proceedings at the symposium here
There were three panels during the symposium with participants coming from Oxford University and other UK institutions, as well as from countries in the Gulf and the Levant.