US-Gulf relations to be explored at GU-Q lecture today

 07 Feb 2018 - 8:39

US-Gulf relations to be explored at GU-Q lecture today

The Peninsula

DOHA: ‘US-GCC Relations in an Era of Disruption’, will be held at GU-Q’s Education City campus at 6pm today at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). 

Ambassador Daniel Benjamin (pictured), Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College and previously served as ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counter-terrorism at the US State Department will offer some insight into recent shifts in US policy towards the Gulf region at the upcoming lecture. 

In this role, he was the principal counter-terrorism advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The talk will focus on the changing nature of the United States’ involvement in the Gulf, including its engagements with disputes between nations and its stance towards regional powers. It will also explore how Gulf countries can strengthen their voice in US deliberations, even as the nation moves to decrease its reliance on foreign energy imports. 

“In the wake of recent developments in the Gulf, many questions are being asked about the United States’ approach to and involvements in the region,” said GU-Q Professor Rogaia Abusharaf. “We are looking forward to hearing Ambassador Benjamin share his expertise and insight with our community.”

Benjamin has written extensively on terrorism, US foreign policy, and international affairs. Prior to his role at the State Department, he held various positions including as a senior fellow in foreign policy studies and director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, and a foreign correspondent for TIME magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He is the co-author of the award-winning books The Age of Sacred Terror (2002) and The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right (2005), among others.

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