How stable is the Arab oil state?
Oil has been central to regime survival for oil states across the Arabian Peninsula and has been at the heart of their attempts to defuse the wave of Arab revolutions. However, in 2011 revolution hit Libya, the most oil dependent regime in the Middle East. Iraq is breaking down and the political storm winds sweeping the region have thrown into doubt the resilience of other Arab rentier states.
In this breakfast forum Michael Alvarez (University of Bergen) discuss insights from the book Oil States in the New Middle East: Uprisings and Stability with editors Kjetil Selvik (Chr. Michelsen Institute) and Bjørn Olav Utvik (University of Oslo).
We serve coffee and croissants. Welcome.