The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) presents:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
SEIU Headquarters, First Floor Conference Room
(1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A light lunch will be available at noon.

While 2011 and 2012 have witnessed unprecedented changes across the Middle East and North Africa, the Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates – have not been shaken to the same degree, with the notable exception of Bahrain.  Nonetheless, the dramatic uprisings across the region have had a clear impact on both the populations and governments of the Gulf, and it is worth examining political developments and the state of human rights in these countries.

How have the uprisings and political changes in other Arab countries been perceived by both the governments and citizens of the GCC? What steps have been taken by these governments to prevent similar changes from happening in their own countries, and how have these steps been received both domestically and internationally? What, if any, steps toward democratic reform have been taken, and what future actions might we expect from Gulf governments with regard to reform? How have the GCC governments changed their approach toward their citizens, civil society organizations, media outlets, and labor unions? How have the dramatic political changes in the region affected relations between the U.S. and the governments and people of the Gulf? And how can the U.S. and other international actors engage with the Gulf in a manner that helps its citizens realize their democratic aspirations?

Please join us for a discussion of these issues with:

Maryam al-Khawaja
Acting President, Bahrain Center for Human Rights
Deputy Director, Gulf Center for Human Rights

Les Campbell
Senior Associate and Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa Programs,
National Democratic Institute

Kristin Diwan
Assistant Professor of Middle East Politics,
School of International Service, American University

Moderator: Stephen McInerney
Executive Director,
Project on Middle East Democracy

We’ll also be live-tweeting from the event, so follow the conversation at #POMEDgcc.
If you’d like us to ask one of your questions, we’ll try to include a few from our virtual audience.

For full event notes, click here (pdf).