Cold wars going hot? Rising tensions around the Persian Gulf

What do militarisation and armament developments tell us – is there a risk of cold wars going hot? Are there any effective ways to de-escalate the tensions? What might happen after May 12, Trump’s deadline for the Iran deal? The deep and dangerous divide between Iran and Saudi Arabia is often fought via proxies. But since Donald Trump became the U.S. president the tensions in this region have escalated. In this seminar we will explore SIPRI’s new data on military spending and arms transfers’ and what that tells about the militarization around the Persian Gulf. We will discuss what the standoff between Trump and Iran might lead to, and we will take a deeper look at the rifts between some of the monarchies in the GCC, the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs invites you to a discussion on the militarisation and armament developments around the Persian Gulf: Cold wars going hot? Rising tensions around the Persian Gulf.

Pieter Wezeman, Senior Researcher, SIPRI
Rouzbeh Parsi, UI Associate Research Fellow, Historian at Lund University
Dina Esfandiary, Fellow at War Studies Department at King’s College, London

Bitte Hammargren, Head of UI’s Middle East and North Africa Programme

Date: 3 May 2018, 15:30 – 17:00

Venue: The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm

Registration: Register here. Kindly be prepared to show your confirmation upon request.

Seminar fee: 100 kr