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New book traces wider context of unjust siege

New book traces wider 
context of unjust siege

Tribune News Network
Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) launched its latest title ‘The Gulf Crisis: The View from Qatar’ at the Doha Forum 2018 recently.
The book takes an in-depth look into the socioeconomic factors of the blockade of Qatar through the writings of 16 authors led by Editor Rory Miller, professor of government at the Georgetown University in Qatar.
The book chronicles and assesses the blockade against several economic, political, social, international and media-based factors.
The panel at the Doha Forum included presentations from several contributors of the book who highlighted their areas of expertise, including Gerd Nonneman, professor of International Relations and Gulf Studies at Georgetown University in Qatar, who presented a foreign policy analysis perspective; Tareq al Ansari, assistant professor, College of Science, Engineering and Sustainable Development at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, who spoke about food security; Jocelyn Sage Mitchell, assistant professor in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar, who spoke about domestic policy opportunities; and Mohamed Evren Tok, assistant professor and assistant dean for Innovation and Community Advancement, College of Islamic Studies and Public Policy in Islam at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, who spoke about entrepreneurship and economic resilience.
“The main driver of this project was the realisation in the first few months of the crisis that the embargo was a major turning point in the history of the modern Gulf and that the commentary on the embargo was mainly coming from outside the region,” explained Miller.
“All the contributors are local long-standing experts in their respective fields and were working on the issues that they deal with in the volume long before the embargo began – domestic politics, religion, cultural policy, translation studies, media and journalism, International Relations theory and regional studies, energy security, food and cyber security.
“We ended up with contributors representing six QF institutions: Georgetown University in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, University College London in Qatar and the Museums Authority, Texas A&M University in Qatar and Hamad Bin Khalifa University. As such, one of the great advantages and appeals of this volume is that all the chapters do an excellent job in locating the blockade in the wider disciplinary, historical, political and social context,” he added.
“The book is essentially a marker of history,” said Bachar Chebaro, executive director of HBKU Press. “It is an accurate and thorough representation of the blockade from Qatar’s perspective, and it espouses HBKU Press’s commitment to providing a platform for local perspectives on international affairs.”