The Gulf states seemed impermeable to the 2011 Arab uprisings but saw regional developments as both threat and opportunity. Bartu will discuss the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, and Qatar in particular and their roles in an ongoing struggle for the heart and soul of a region.
Peter Bartu teaches political transitions in the Middle East and North Africa, the Gulf states, and international organizations and global governance. In 2011 he was a member of the UN’s stand-by mediation team and worked in Benghazi and Tripoli during the Libyan revolution among other assignments in Djibouti, Iraq, and Malawi. In 2008–09 he led a team that produced a seminal 500-page report on the disputed internal boundaries between the Arabs and the Kurds in Iraq, including Kirkuk. From 2001–03 he was a political advisor to the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, based in Jerusalem. Bartu has worked as a foreign policy advisor in the Australian Prime Minister’s Department and held other appointments with the UN in East Timor in 1999 and in Cambodia from 1991–93. He has a Ph.D. in history from Monash University.