Gulf Roundtable: High Ambitions and Hard Realities: A View from the Gulf

September 26, 2011 • 8:30 – 10:00 pm EDT

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The countries of the Arab Gulf are approaching a crucial set of decisions about their economic and social development. Near-term wealth and complex incentive structures make the problems more difficult to solve, but no less important. Dr. John Waterbury, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, contended that Gulf countries’ efforts to wrestle with the problems of higher education, workforce development, and expatriate labor will shape domestic economic and political dynamics for decades to come. He delivered his remarks at a Gulf Roundtable held at CSIS on September 26, 2011.

Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program