The DOC Research Institute and the Centre for Strategic & Prospective Studies (Centre d’Etude et de Prospective Stratégique or CEPS) co-organised a conference titled ‘The situation in the Persian Gulf: A space in perpetual crisis?’, which took place in the French Senate in Paris on 8 July 2019.
During the half-day conference, the DOC and the CEPS joined forces to address the current tensions in an area of the world where the interests of various regional and international players overlap. Indeed, this narrow stretch of sea contains the bulk of global oil exports as well as LNG Gas, linking Europe, China, Japan, and the United States to their main hydrocarbon sources. To complicate things more, inter and intra-religious hostilities are exacerbating an already tense geoeconomical and geopolitical environment.
The conference brought together international participants from various backgrounds, including Members of the French Senate, Members of the European Parliament, diplomats, representatives of international organisations, private sector representatives, and academics. The DOC Research Institute’s CEO, Jean-Christophe Bas, moderated a panel that looked at the different geopolitical perspectives of the main actors in the Gulf region.
DOC Chief Researcher Alexey Malashenko participated in the discussion as one of the speakers. Asked about Russia’s interests in the region, he noted that the country didn’t have the capacity or interest to have a strong presence in the Gulf region, nor to develop relations with the Gulf countries. Malashenko concluded that “the Gulf region is not the place where Russia wants and is able to act as a great