Dienstag, 07. November 2017, 19:00 Uhr
OMAN: SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHALLENGES AND POLITICAL UNCERTAINTIES AT HOME AND ABROAD
is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy of the Middle East and Director of Centre for Gulf Studies, College Director of Postgraduate Research, University of Exeter
When Sultan Qaboos overthrew his father as ruler of Oman in 1970, with the help of British advisers, few expected him to last long in power. Today Qaboos is the longest serving Arab head of state but his health is frail. Despite some gradual reforms, he remained an absolute ruler. Some fear that lack of legitimacy of his hitherto unknown successor could trigger uncertainty and instability in the GCC country whose independent foreign policy is not always in line with Saudi Arabia.
Moderation: Gudrun Harrer, Senior Editor, Der Standard; Lecturer on Modern History and Politics of the Middle East, University of Vienna and Diplomatic Academy of Vienna