Focus on Arabia: Gulf Cooperation Council

Focus on Arabia: The Gulf Cooperation Council
5 sessions • 10 hours


In its ongoing and ever-expanding program of Middle Eastern Studies, “Focus on Arabia: the Gulf Cooperation Council” (GCC) examines countries in one of the world’s most important sub-regional organizations. Founded in 1981, the GCC has emerged as a forum for the predominantly Sunni Arab monarchies which, blessed with abundant hydrocarbon resources, have not only accomplished a staggering transformation to modernity in less than three generations, but also managed to preserve their hold on hereditary power.

However, the past two years have witnessed fissures within this privileged fraternity. As the combined profile of Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E has grown, neighboring Qatar has withstood a draconian blockade by its former allies. An ongoing war in Yemen has wrought massive devastation and human suffering. As Oman and Kuwait stand poised to mediate tensions among its neighbors, the future of the GCC, and its original objectives hang in the balance.

Join us as we explore the complexities of this strategically significant corner of the Middle East mosaic. These sessions include lectures, review of selected readings and films, guest speaker presentations, and group discussion.

Instructor: Linda Pappas Funsch is a career specialist in modern Middle East studies and Islamic history. With an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, she has studied, worked, and traveled throughout the region. A freelance writer, consultant, and author, Ms. Funsch’s latest book, Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization, was published 2015 and has been translated into Arabic. She has taught at both Hood College and Mount Saint Mary’s University. She is a popular speaker at scholarly symposia across the US, including Georgetown University, the World Bank, the National Council on US-Arab Relations, the National Defense University, and the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as the World Affairs Councils of Washington, D.C., Albuquerque, NM, and Brookings, SD. Ms. Funsch is a frequent leader of small-group “learning on location” study visits to the Middle East, including Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Oman.

Focus on Arabia: The Gulf Cooperation Council
ILR738 • 5-digit: 18733
Tuesday • 11/5-12/3 • 2:00-4:00 PM
Sweadner Hall
Fee: $109
Tuition: $40 | Fee: $109 | Total: $149
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only


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