‘The Role of the Gulf in a Changing World’
As well as being faced with new challenges on the international level, the Gulf countries must also to face up to new domestic challenges. The most significant of these arises from the fall in oil prices that made clear the need to look for a new model of socio economic development. This is a strategic imperative that will push the Gulf countries to develop a much needed multidimensional common strategy to tackle both the internal and external sources of threats and challenges. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al Thani (HBJ) discusses how this could happen, as well as the broader role of the Gulf in a changing world.
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al Thani was Foreign Minister of Qatar from 1992 to 2013 and Prime Minister from 2007 to 2013. A key power-broker and the architect of Qatari foreign policy, he has contributed significantly to the increase in Qatar’s influence in the international arena. AQTD attended his lecture on 20 October 2016 at the London School of Economic and listened to him address the key issues in the region, in his renowned frank, well articulated and witty manner.
Sheikh HBJ is introduced as part of Qatar diplomatic core in London tasked with improving Qatar- UK relations.
As for the youth and students of the Qatar who mostly aspire to work in government, Sheikh HBJ encourages them to widen their aspirations from the inflated public sector and seek other private and financial sectors in which they can support their country.