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AUK Supports the Production of "Gulf Affairs"

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) has recently supported the production of a newly founded academic journal issued by Oxford Gulf & Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum (OxGAPS), a University of Oxford-based platform, called Gulf Affairs.

The initiative was facilitated by one of the founders of the journal, Suliman Al-Atiqi, an AUK 2008 alumnus, who is currently a doctoral candidate at St Antony's College, University of Oxford.

Gulf Affairs is an independent, non-partisan journal that aims to bridge the voices of scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers to further the knowledge and dialogue on pressing issues, challenges and opportunities facing the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Each issue of the journal revolves around a specific theme, focusing on the most pressing matters related to the GCC and contains contributions from experts in various disciplines and professions who address each issue's theme. The inaugural issue of the journal, entitled "Labor Market Dynamics in the GCC States" was released on September 7, 2015. It features a range of scholarly analyses that shed light on contemporary challenges and opportunities facing the GCC labor markets at large, as well as cover the ongoing efforts to support labor market reforms. Among the articles featured in this issue are:
  • Renegotiating the 'Social Contract' in the GCC, by Zaid Belbagi
  • Kafala System Remains Resilient in the GCC, by Kaltham Al-Ghanim
  • The Politics of Labor Policy Reform in Bahrain, by Laurence Louër
  • Challenges to Employing Kuwaitis in the Private Sector, by Osman Gulseven
  • Battle against the Thawb Syndrome: Labor Nationalization, Industrial Diversification, and Education Reform in Saudi Arabia, by Makio Yamada
  • Rent Distribution and Labor Market Reforms in the UAE, by Steffen Hertog
The journal issue also features expert commentary and interviews with senior authorities in the GCC that provide an insider's view of the pressing topics of the region.

Eugene Rogan, Senior Member of the OxGAPS Forum and Director of the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford, provided the introduction to the inaugural issue of Gulf Affairs, in which he explained why the existence of such a journal is important. "The publication of the inaugural issue of Gulf Affairs marks a new departure for Arab Gulf studies in Oxford and Britain more generally. There has been a pressing need for an independent and non-partisan periodical to provide reliable research and analysis on this geostrategic region... We hope that Gulf Affairs will encourage new scholarship and debate on the GCC and its member states," he wrote.

Suliman Al-Atiqi is a remarkable example of an AUK alumnus who managed to apply the long-life learning skills he gained as a student at AUK to pursue initiatives that benefit his country and the GCC region at large He is the Committee Chairman of the Oxford Gulf & Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum and the Managing Editor of its journal, Gulf Affairs. Suliman is also the general section co-editor of the St. Antony's International Review. He previously served as an analyst for the United Nations Development Program and was the Program Lead of its "Barriers and Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid" global research initiative. His current scholarly research focuses on the Gulf Arab states in international relations.

The full issue of Gulf Affairs can be accessed at http://www.oxgaps.org/gulf-affairs/publications/labor-market-dynamics-in-the-gcc-states

Gulf Affairs Journal - Inaugural Issue

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 1st October 2015

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2015


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