On Thursday, Nov 7, VRG’s International Relations teacher, Martin Musgrove attended an evening educational program at the The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).
“Vision and Achievement” a presentation by H.E. Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, the Secretary General of the GCC states.
“Sweden and GCC states relation” a presentation by H. E. Mr.Robert Rydberg, Ambassador and Head of Middle East and North Africa Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
“The Recent Developments and Events in the Arabic world and the Swedish Role”. Remarks by Ms. Bitte Hammargren, Freelance Journalist and Professor Leif Stenberg, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University.
Panel discussion and end of conference.
The symposium will be moderated by Anna Jardfelt, Director at UI.
Here is what Martin had to say about the program:
“Vision and Achievement” was presented by Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, the Secretary General of the GCC states. Naturally he created a very positive view of his region in terms of economic growth, political stability and education. Three more speakers were to follow and as each took their turn a much different view emerged. Mr Robert Rydberg, Sweden’s leading expert on Middle-East affairs, politely prodded Al Zayani on democracy and gender relations. Ms Bitte Hammargren, freelance journalist, and Leif Stenberg, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund, were more forthright by describing some of the most serious cases of repression (including 10 years for a Tweet), the suppression of an arab spring movement in Bahrain and involvement in funding militia groups in Syria.
It was great to see such players and prominent experts cross swords, International Relations live on stage.
International Relations teacher
*The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG), is a political and economic union of Arab states bordering the Persian Gulf, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.