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Nassef Manabilang Adiong: Mar 28, 2013
Presenters: Prof. Dr. Maria do Céu de Pinho Ferreira Pinto, Dr. Haila Al-Mekaimi**, Prof. Dr. Katerina Dalacoura, Assoc.
Dr. Haila Al-Mekaimi, Ph.D is the Head of Euro-Gulf Research Unit and Assistant Professor at Department of Political Science in the University of Kuwait.
Dr. Haila Al-Mukaimi, a ...
Dr. Haila Al-Mukaimi, a political science professor at Kuwait University is optimistic: "We have many educated parliamentarians this time, which is a very great asset.
Despite her faith in the parliament, however, Al-Mukaimi thinks it would be wise to wait for the first session before judging its performance.
She is quick to note, "Not just the first session alone, but rather the first few sessions, because the first session will focus on voting for the new members of the committees.
It is safe to say that there is cooperation between the government and parliament, which can be noted from the government's support for liberal MPs.
"What is worth being concerned about however is the fact that the government, which supported liberal MPs, including Rola Dashti
and Aseel Al-Awadhi...issued
a fatwa that could be used against them concerning the hijab.
It is not clear yet whether the government is trying to please the Islamist bloc, a long-time affiliate of the government," said Al-Mukaimi
This came as a disappointment to the Islamist blocs but, Al-Mukaimi
says, the government might decide to vote Dashti and Al-Duwaisan out and vote Islamist MPs in. "This may happen as a gesture from the government to please the Islamist bloc, given that it is almost marginalized in this parliamentary formation, but it does not mean at all that the
government and the Islamist bloc will have a honeymoon; on the contrary, this should make the Islamists worried," said Al-Mukaimi
says that "personally I believe this term is going to be hopefully fruitful.
Dr. Haila Al-Mekaimi, head ...
Dr. Haila Al-Mekaimi, head of the Gulf-European Studies Center at Kuwait University, gave a brief talk about the current economic crisis.
"We have to reevaluate Gulf-European relations, especially when we consider the current global changes," she said.
"More importantly, we have to take a closer look at the signing of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Gulf States.
France supports the Euro-Gulf FTA before it's presidency of the EU ends in the next few months," noted Al-Mekaimi
"Gulf states are capable of contributing to the global economy.
The signing of the FTA will allow Gulf States to shake stereotypical ideas categorizing them as a rich people's club that solely provides funds," she
Haila Al-Mekaimi, the head ...
Haila Al-Mekaimi, the head of the Euro-Gulf Research Centre at Kuwait University believes that the region is returning to the "arms race" of the 1980s.
"Wasting money on armaments has negatively affected development in the region," she says.
The Gulf states would like to see Iran take a more active role in such areas as regional economic development.
Al-Mekaimi insisted that if Iran were to concentrate on internal, rather than regional issues, this would be one small step towards normalising relations.
But taking that step would require a dramatic change of outlook in Tehran.
Al-Mekaimi remarks of Iran's stagnant economy (albeit one boosted currently by enormous reveneues from high oil prices): "As a model to follow, it has failed the test.
labelled Iran's present strategy as antiquated in its failure to embrace the needs of the 21st century, adding: "Iran is still pursuing the dream of being an [old-fashioned] regional military power, regardless of the consequences."
believes that an economically vibrant Iran would be a more welcomed presence in the middle east than one armed with nuclear weapons.
"Iran needs to boost its own economy," she
"They are not helping themselves.
Their priorities are upside down.
Nowadays it is your economy that makes you influential.
This kind of military power (that Iran is pursuing) has limits.
Reflecting on Iran's current relationship with her
cites an Arabic proverb: "If you don't have anything, what can you offer anyone else?"
World Security Institute
Haila al-Mekaimi, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kuwait; Kuwait