Rome Dialogue I - Politics, Economics and the Euro-Gulf Relationship
27 November, 2015
The international political environment seems mired in interconnected conflicts that are showing none of the signs of abating and all the signs of proliferation and contagion. Nowhere is this clearer than in the wider Middle East where the seemingly never-ending story of ISIS, coupled with surging sectarian violence, increased Iran-Saudi tensions and the return to the Kurdish-Turkish war of attrition is paralysing regional integration programmes, generating trans-sector crises (economic, social, political) and spilling over into Europe.
So, the EGIC has developed the Rome Dialogues to provide people – scholars, journalists, human rights activists, civil society representatives, decision makers – with a neutral space to hold essential conversations and it is those conversations that help to construct more accurate narrative, correct errors and generally assist people in understanding often complex issues.
All sessions are recorded, drafted and then published, it's possibile to find this Rome Dialogue here.
Members of the Panel
Mitchell Belfer—is the current President of the Euro-Gulf Information Centre, Head of the International Relations and European Studies Department at the Metropolitan University Prague and Editor in Chief of the Central European Journal of International and Security Studies.
Keith Boyfield—is an economist, educated at the London School of Economics, fellow of six think tanks including the Institute of Economic Affairs and Centre for Policy Studies. Mr Boyfield is a frequent contributor to a number of leading newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal.
Peter Longworth—is a former UK Ambassador and former Director General of the Commonwealth Business Council which seeks the promotion of investments in the developing world and emerging markets. Currently, Ambassador Longworth is a government and policy advisor for the Oval Observer Foundation based in Delhi.
Brian Sturgess—is Editor of World Economics and had, previously, spent many years in the academic world and Western banking, has been especially interested in the Middle East and Islamic Societies and works for the Islamic Economic Bank