Project Overview

  • A collaborative research project examining the historical legacies of Gulf security and the fundamental domestic and international vulnerabilities of the various states in the region.


  • Matteo Legrenzi, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

Project Details and Goals

  • Contributors will write original papers on Gulf security, and in doing so they will each:

    Take into consideration the historical legacy of Gulf security in order to escape the “here and now” fallacies of much of the literature emanating from think tanks in the United States or the region; and

    Assess whether these fundamentals were in any way altered by September 11 and more importantly the changed role of the United States in the region, its shift from “over the horizon” balancer to local player physically present in Iraq, one of the two foremost regional powers.

  • Contributors will gather for a workshop at the University of Ottawa on December 17, 2008 to review their papers. For more information on this workshop, please contact Matteo Legrenzi at [email protected].


Funding Partners

  • Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo, Canada
  • Department of National Defence Security and Defence Forum
  • CIPS