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From Consultancy to Legislation – The Role-Diversity of People's Representations in the Gulf

Research Project on Parliaments and Parliamentary-like Councils

Not many associate the representation of people and political participation with the Gulf. This is due to the fact that parliamentary bodies and parliamentary-like councils in the region usually do not correspond with the classic Western parliamentary model. Primarily, tribalism and denominational affiliations shape the political systems of the Gulf monarchies. more…

Peter Sendrowicz | Event Reports | November 26, 2015

Media and conflict in Yemen

Journalist or activist? Young Yemenis learn about the basics of conflict-sensitive media coverage

Yemen remains in a state of unrest. Non-governmental organisations and independent journalists struggle to provide help in Yemen, being increasingly hindered by aggressive behaviour of various conflict parties. Having been once an example and model for national dialogue and reconciliation, today’s Yemen is facing an uncertain future. more…

Peter Sendrowicz, Sebastian Pfülb | Event Reports | September 20, 2015

Cooperation between Antagonists

The Gulf States’ Complex Relationship With Iran

With the election of Hassan Rohani as president of Iran in 2013 and the nuclear dispute settlement between Iran and the E3+3 being under way, the Arabic-Iranian relationship has experienced a break with tradition. The time has come for the Gulf Cooperation Council to agree on a joint foreign policy towards Iran – a challenge considering the Gulf States’ particular national interests and the diverging signals coming from the two regional big players Saudia Arabia and the United States. more…

Dr. Gidon Windecker, Peter Sendrowicz | International Reports | June 3, 2015

Overcoming Prejudices: Islam and the West


Over the past years, hostility towards Islam in Europe as well as scathing attacks on Western values have created the wide-spread impression that “Islam” and “the West” are two inherently incompatible and irreconcilable cultures. In light of this debate, experts from Europe and the Middle East convened in Doha to discuss ways to reduce prejudices and foster mutual understanding between Orient and Occident. more…

Peter Sendrowicz, Rahma Janetzke | Event Reports | May 28, 2015

Ongoing conflict in Yemen: how can the media play a more constructive role?

Kick-off workshop for research project on how local media polarise Yemeni society

Yemeni and international participants of the three-day workshop held in Amman, Jordan, 7-9 December 2014, quickly agreed: media in the Republic of Yemen are currently part of the problem, not of the solution. more…

Peter Sendrowicz, Dr. Gidon Windecker | Event Reports | December 14, 2014