CCAS Hosts Conference on State-Business Relations in the Middle East

On April 13-14, 2016, the CCAS was pleased to host the international workshop, “State-Business Relations In The Middle East.” The workshop was led by  Dr. Marc Valeri of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, and Dr. Gerd Nonneman and Dr. Mehran Kamrava of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. The two-day workshop examined the development of business elites throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and their relationships with local regimes and the “state.” The workshop included thirteen presentations that examined the impact of state-business relations on policy making in Arab states and monarchies, including Syria, Egypt, Qatar, and Kuwait.