Bahrain Political Stalemate: Is there a Way Forward?

Washington, DC

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The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is proud to present:

Bahrain Political Stalemate: Is there a Way Forward?

Featuring Dr. Nazar Albaharna

Bahrain’s significance politically and strategically is in no way proportionate to its geographical, economic, and demographic size. Bahrain is a small island in the Arabian Gulf and it is the home of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), connected by a causeway to Saudi Arabia, in close proximity to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and to Iraq. The Gulf region is one of the most strategic regions in the world because it's a major crude oil supplier to the world while holding nearly two-thirds of the world's crude oil reserves. Bahrain has been in a political stalemate for over a year now.  The government and the opposition are not reaching a political solution that could satisfy both sides. How long will this situation last? Is there a way forward from this impasse? If so how it can be reached? Is this political instability a local affair or will it have an affect regionally? Is Bahrain part of the solution or is it part of the problem in the region?

Dr. Nazar Albaharna is the former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and former member of the Ministerial Cabinet in Bahrain. He is a current CCAS Visiting Researcher. He was involved in shaping the foreign policy of the country. He also chaired the Labor Fund, a multi-hundred million dollar independent authority through which he formulated innovative policies and programs that significantly enhanced individual skills and established SMEs, creating thousands of jobs. In April 2008, Dr. Albaharna headed Bahrain's first country report and action plan, which was presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council. In business, he spent ten years as a consultant and was elected Deputy Vice Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Dr. Albaharna obtained his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wales in 1979, and spent 24 years as a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Bahrain, where he held the title of Dean of Engineering and Vice President for Academic Programs and Research. He has published more than 30 papers on mechanical engineering, energy, technology, training, and education.

This event is an installment of the 2011-2012 CCAS Faculty Lecture Series.

Lunch will be served.


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