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Gulf Rising: GCC-Horn of Africa Relations

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Date(s) - 06/28/2018
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington


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The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington


The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW) is pleased to host this panel discussion on the GCC and Horn of Africa Relations examining political, security, and economic ties between the countries of the two regions.

The Horn of Africa and East Africa more broadly have some of the fastest growing economies on the continent, with emerging middle classes. But the relatively untapped markets are in dire need of investment in infrastructure and the security architecture required to attract investors.

For their part, the Gulf Arab countries have sought to strengthen their economic ties to the Horn of Africa countries through the development and management of ports as well as the establishment of free zones. Gulf countries have also shown a clear military interest in the region, building bases to ensure strategic depth and provide logistical platforms in support of operations in Yemen, as well as regional counterterrorism and anti-piracy operations.

Gulf Rising

AGSIW’s Gulf Rising series analyzes the energized role of the Gulf Arab states in the international system, looking beyond GCC relations with the United States to examine ties with other key countries and regions. Additionally, it investigates motivations behind Gulf Arab states’ foreign policy choices and evaluates the implications for U.S. foreign policy toward the GCC states and the region.


Annette Weber, Senior Associate, Middle East and Africa Research Division, German Institute for International and Security Studies

Michael Woldemariam, Assistant Professor, Boston University

Taimur Khan, Non-Resident Fellow, AGSIW (Moderator)

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